As Congress prepares to review and reauthorize child nutrition programs, the USDA’s just released2014 report on food insecurity reveals that 15.3 million children in the U.S. did not receive enough food last year for an active, healthy lifestyle. Those findings, essentially unchanged from 2013, show that childhood hunger remains a significant problem in the U.S.
The existing legislation relating to child nutrition, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, is set to expire on Sept. 30. Reauthorization of the legislation happens every five years and allows for improvements in the USDA’s child nutrition programs — programs that increase food security by providing low-income households access to food, a healthy diet and nutrition education. Passing a strong bill would strengthen the programs and reach millions more children.
With Tennessee being one of 14 states with food insecurity rates higher than the national average, improving these nutrition programs is imperative to the health and well being of Tennesseans. Locally, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennesseeparticipates in two of the USDA’s child nutrition programs that will be affected by Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
Second Harvest just ...