Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Urges Passage of Hunger-Free Kids Act

May 27, 2010


Grassley Urges Passage of Hunger-Free Kids Act


WASHINGTON- Chuck Grassley joined Agriculture Committee Chairman and Ranking Member, Blanche Lincoln and Saxby Chambliss, to send a letter to Senate leaders urging swift passage of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

 

The Hunger-Free Kids Act will help prevent hunger, promote healthy lifestyles and combat the epidemic of childhood obesity that is spreading throughout the U.S. 

 

“No one should go hungry in America.  This bill will help ensure proper nourishment for America’s children and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, encourage healthy choices in order to prevent childhood obesity,” Grassley said. 

 

A copy of the letter is below.

 

May 27, 2010

 

The Honorable Harry Reid

Majority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Minority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Richard Durbin

Assistant Majority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Jon Kyl

Assistant Minority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Senators Reid, McConnell, Durbin and Kyl:

 

We write to you today to urge swift passage in the Senate of S. 3307, the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” This fiscally responsible and bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on March 24 of this year, reauthorizes our nation’s major Federal child nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Maintaining strong momentum for consideration of this bipartisan legislation on the Senate floor is critical as we work to improve the bill.

 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides $4.5 billion in additional funding over the next 10 years – nearly ten times the amount of money provided for the previous child nutrition reauthorization, and the largest new investment in child nutrition programs since their inception. The historic new investments provided by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 could not come at a more urgently needed moment, particularly given that the incidence of hunger and corresponding need for Federal nutrition assistance has increased dramatically in recent years.

 

In addition to their role in preventing hunger, Federal child nutrition programs play a critical role in promoting healthy lifestyles and combating the epidemic of childhood obesity, a growing and costly public health problem for our nation. Nearly 1 in 3 children throughout the United States struggle with overweight and obesity, and available health research shows a clear connection between obesity and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and

cardiovascular disease, among others. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 contains a host of measures designed to bolster Federal efforts to aid in the fight against obesity and to give parents, schools, and local communities additional tools to help promote the kind of healthful habits that will enable children to lead longer, more productive lives.

 

We understand that there are many pressing legislative priorities competing for consideration on the Senate floor. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 represents an historic opportunity to enact legislation that enjoys broad bipartisan support and a strong grassroots backing among anti-hunger advocates, public health organizations, as well as many members of the food and beverage industry. With child nutrition programs scheduled to expire on September 30 of this year, time is of the essence. Accordingly, the Senate should take up and pass this legislation at the earliest possible convenience.

 

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to working with you to reauthorize child nutrition programs during this Congress.

 

Sincerely,

 

Blanche Lincoln

Saxby Chambliss

Charles Grassley