Nebraska Appleseed urges passage of Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska Appleseed held an event on Tuesday to promote the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, also known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill.
The nonprofit said the bill in Congress would provide critical protections for children and families with unpaid school meal fees, expand access to summer meals, create a pilot program that would allow tribal governments to run their own meal programs and strengthen the school meal nutritional standards.
“This legislation will impact 30 million children, including 400,000 in Nebraska who receive breakfast and lunch from school or eat summer meals,” said Megan Hamann, a community organizer with Appleseed with an emphasis on food and nutrition.
Nebraska Appleseed said getting the bill passed is critical because children consume almost half of their daily calories during the school day. For some children, the meals they receive in school are the only meals they will receive in a day.
Food insecurity has increased through the pandemic for households with children, with a disproportionate impact on Black, Latino and Native American households, the nonprofit said.
Appleseed is encouraging Nebraska voters to reach out to members of Congress to encourage them to pass this bill.
Tuesday’s event was one of Nebraska Appleseed’s Take Action Tuesdays, when it connects with others in the community to work toward a common goal.