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Good News on Meals for the Littlest Kids
Earlier this week, a U.S. Senate committee gave parents, kids, and childcare providers a reason to celebrate: The Senate Committee on Agriculture unanimously approved a child nutrition bill that improves meals available to vulnerable, low-income kids, including those who spend long days in childcare.
Known as the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, the bill continues a number of important existing child nutrition services, such as the school meals program, while also streamlining meal programs and updating nutritional standards. In addition, the bill updates the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to allow childcare providers to give kids in care for more than nine hours an additional snack. And what makes this bill even better is that it does not make any cuts to food stamps or other antipoverty programs to fund these changes.
Common Sense Kids Action strongly supported this additional snack for low-income kids in childcare settings, and we sincerely thank Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow for their bipartisan work to help low-income children and families.
Now, we hope the full Senate and the House of Representatives approve this bill. Last November, Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Elise Stefanik introduced the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act, a bipartisan bill that also would strengthen the CACFP. Kids Action has called on the House to act on this bill. We look forward to working with both the House and Senate to make nutritious meals for all children a reality.
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