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