Ask Congress to Support Child Nutrition Programs

One in five children in Oklahoma is at risk of hunger every day. While hunger affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children. Inadequate nutrition threatens children’s health, growth and capacity to learn. And the challenges children are faced with today impact their ability to achieve their full potential tomorrow.

Federal child nutrition programs are critical tools in the fight against childhood hunger. This year, Congress has the opportunity to help thousands of Oklahoma children through the reauthorization of these government-funded programs. Child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and after-school, weekend and summer nutrition programs, all play a vital role in addressing the needs of food-insecure children. Through this reauthorization, Congress has the ability to improve and to strengthen these programs to better address the needs of children and program providers.

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 was set to expire on September 30, 2009. This past fall, Congress passed a one-year extension of current law, effective until September 30, 2010. However, Congressional leaders have expressed their determination to complete the reauthorization process within the next few months. Now is an important time to let your voice be heard in the fight against childhood hunger in Oklahoma. You can help by asking your members of Congress to support a strong Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act!

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  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative

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Oklahoma Children Need Your Help!

Dear [Decision Maker],

In Oklahoma, one in five children is at risk of hunger every day. I cannot imagine that statistic is any more acceptable to you than it is to me.



A well-conceived, adequately funded reauthorization bill can reduce hunger and food insecurity in Oklahoma, reduce childhood obesity, improve nutrition and health and enhance child development and school readiness. To this end, I ask that you work with your colleagues to pass a reauthorization bill that:

Makes institutions in every state, including Oklahoma, eligible for
reimbursement for meals provided to at-risk children in after-school
programs

Expands our low-income children's access to nutritious food by
reducing the threshold for communities to participate in federal
nutrition programs

Reduces barriers to eligible families and children by modernizing
technology and simplifying program administration and operation


Due to our current economic challenges, funding for these programs has become extremely critical. Many families in Oklahoma will be turning to our nation's child nutrition programs to make sure that their children have adequate nutrition. I urge you to make the reauthorization and funding for these programs one of your highest priorities. No child in Oklahoma should have to worry about where their next meal will come from.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this important issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]