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June 19, 2015
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Dear Supporter,

Endorse Two Critically Important Summer Nutrition Bills
Deadline: July 15

Two bills—the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613 / H.R. 1278) and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (S. 1539 / H.R. 2715) -0 can dramatically reduce childhood hunger during summer vacation.
Together, these two bills (see bill provisions below) would expand access to summer meals when children lose access to school meals. They both outline important provisions that should be included in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
Click here to show your organization’s support by endorsing these two bills (organizations only).

We hope you will join the Food Research Action Center and ACNJ in encouraging others to endorse these two pieces of legislation. Please share these endorsement pages with your network, partner organizations and others to demonstrate to Congress the widespread support for these two bills. The goal is to have more than 1,500 organizations endorse these pieces of legislation.
What does this mean?

The Summer Meals Act (pdf) would increase low-income children’s access to summer meals by:

•    Allowing Summer Food sponsors to feed children year-round through the Summer Food Service Program, which would dramatically reduce administrative requirements, build and maintain stronger summer feeding programs;

•    Increasing low-income children’s access to summer meals by lowering the area eligibility requirement from 50 percent to 40, allowing more communities with significant numbers of low-income children to provide summer meals;

•    Providing funding for transportation grants in underserved areas; and

•    Allowing all sites to serve a third meal, which is important for sites that offer all-day programming or programming for teens in the evening.

If your organization would like to only support the Summer Meals Act of 2015, click here.
The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act (pdf) would give families additional nutritional support over the summer by:

•    Providing families with children who are certified to receive free- or reduced-price school meals a Summer EBT card that would allow them to purchase food during the summer. This approach gives families the nutritional resources they need to ensure that their home is hunger free.

If you organization would like to only support the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these bills, please contact Kate Sims (ksims@frac.org).


Cecilia Zalkind                           
Executive Director

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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