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Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Talk to your legislators now!

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We received a letter from our national director at Operation Frontline. She writes:As you know, we are running out of time to reauthorize child nutrition programs before they expire on Sept 30th. Members on the Hill are saying that they are not hearing from their constituents that this is important. So, the anti-hunger and nutrition community is doing a huge push to reach out to representatives and urge them to pass CNR this year.

This week, Share Our Strength joined 127 other national organizations urging Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill. This legislation would strengthen programs like school meals, WIC, and summer and afterschool feeding programs. With 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger and 1 in 3 obese or overweight, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization could not come at a more critical time.

Congress is poised to make significant progress against child hunger and childhood obesity by increasing children’s access to these important programs and the nutrition they provide. But Congress is running out of legislative calendar days to bring the Child Nutrition Bill to the floor and complete the reauthorization before it expires September 30.

If a Child Nutrition Bill is not passed this summer, millions of children will miss out on improved access to the nutritious food they need to learn and grow. Your voice is needed to demonstrate national support for completing a strong Child Nutrition Bill this year. Please call or email your members of Congress today!

* Call your Representative with a simple message: America’s children can’t wait. Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization now. Call 1-866-277-7617 and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. Don’t know who your Representative is? Look it up online: http://www.house.gov/htbin/zipfind

* Email your Senators and Representative in support of Child Nutrition Reauthorization. http://www.hungeractioncenter.org/fastaction/default.aspx