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Legislative Action   -   Tell Congress to Oppose Block Grant Proposals
Please see below an important CALL TO ACTION ALERT sent out by the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

Dear SNA member,

On Wednesday, May 18, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will vote on a child nutrition reauthorization bill that includes a new proposal to establish a school meal block grant pilot project. SNA is calling on all members to contact their representatives and urge them to oppose any effort to block grant school meal programs. Click here to send an Action Alert to your representative.

SNA issued a press release on Tuesday urging members of the Committee to vote against Subcommittee Chair Rokita’s substitute to H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016. The substitute includes a block grant pilot that would allow three states to abandon federal requirements, including mandates on student eligibility for free and reduced price meals and nutrition standards for meals.

School meal programs in participating states would lose critical funds under the proposal. For example, the block grant would not include federal reimbursements for meals provided to full paid students or the additional 6 cent lunch reimbursement earned under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Funding provided under the block grant would remain static at Fiscal Year 2016 rates for the entirety of the three year grant cycle.

SNA President Jean Ronnei issued a strong statement in opposition to the proposal. “For 70 years the United States has maintained a steadfast commitment to ensuring children nationwide have consistent access to healthy meals at school. This reckless block grant proposal is the first step toward eliminating this federal guarantee that all children - including America's most vulnerable students - will have access to the nutrition they need to succeed at school." Click here to read the full statement.

SNA urges all members to immediately contact their US Representatives to express opposition to ANY block grant proposal. The House Education and the Workforce Committee markup is scheduled for 11am Eastern time on Wednesday. A live webcast of the proceedings can be viewed here. Stay tuned to www.SchoolNutrition.org for updates on the markup and next steps in the reauthorization process.









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