Back in March, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307), moving it to be taken up by the full Senate. But like many important pieces of legislation, the Senate hasn’t gotten to it yet.
The bill tackles issues of hunger and obesity by updating and improving child nutrition programs, like school breakfast and lunch; updating school nutrition standards for vending machines; and more. It also includes the first increase in school lunch reimbursement rates (above inflation) in more than 40 years, meaning schools could actually afford to provide more nutritious meals to kids.
If the Senate doesn’t act now, these proposed improvements will be lost in September when Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act.
Want to do something? Contact your Senators today and urge them to pass S. 3307.