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Child Nutrition Put on the Chopping Block by House Agriculture Committee

Washington – The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture voted today to cut more than $16 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an investment that allocates 47 percent of funding to U.S. children. This vote, on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) follows a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate that rejected these egregious cuts to the SNAP program and the 20 million kids it serves, calling into question the long-term viability of the House proposal.Research confirms that SNAP fights child poverty. This is particularly important today when...

Local View: Protect Child Nutrition

Lincoln Journal StarOne in five children in America lives with hunger, and about the same percentage lives in poverty. We would hope that Congress would respond to this urgent threat to our future with a bold plan to protect kids. Instead, the U.S. House of Representatives may soon consider legislation that would make both problems worse. The good news is that U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry can help.The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) is an investment in child nutrition. Forty-seven cents of every SNAP dollar goes to feed children, and SNAP makes it possible for 20...

Make Next Federal Education Law Work

Washington TimesThe article about Virginia's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver ("Virginia freed from federal No Child Left Behind education law," Web, Sunday) rightly observed that NCLB isn't working. If we're not careful, the next federal education law won't work, either.The House education committee has passed an NCLB update that falls short of delivering what schools and kids need. It shortchanges early education. It undermines commitments to close the funding gap between rich and poor school districts, and the performance gap between students in those schools. It eliminates existing teacher qualification standards and restricts class-size-reduction efforts. And it...

Members of Congress Join Feeding America, FRAC, and Dozens of Organizations to Rally Against Proposed Cuts to SNAP in House Farm Bill Proposal

CONTACT:Lucio Guerrero, 312.629.7219, [email protected] Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018, [email protected] – Dozens of national organizations joined Feeding America, the Food Research and Action Center, and several Members of Congress, including Agriculture Committee members, today outside the Capitol Building to rally against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included in the proposal and to describe the impact these cuts would have on vulnerable populations.Members in attendance included: Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Gwen Moore...

Advocates: One million homeless students shows consequence of lack of affordable housing

Baltimore SunThe number of homeless children in public schools is up 57 percent since the start of the last recession.That gloomy figure -- from the U.S. Department of Education -- was highlighted by the First Focus Campaign for Children, a Washington-based nonprofit. Across America, classrooms are filled with more than 1 million homeless students, the highest number in the country’s history, First Focus says.More

Common-sense bill for homeless kids

Bakersfield CalifornianThanks to Louis Medina of the United Way of Kern County for highlighting child homelessness in his June 12 Community Voices piece, "Our plan: House area's 12 most at-risk street folk and save lives." It's a problem Rep. Kevin McCarthy can help to solve.More than 700,000 homeless children lead transient lives -- hotel one night, a friend's couch the next. The roof over their heads isn't theirs, and they may lose it tomorrow. In every way that matters, they're homeless.But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says they're not, technically. So HUD won't help them find...

First Focus Campaign for Children

Voice of RussiaWe are talking on the issue with Jared Soloman , he’s the Senior Director of Budget Policy at First Focus Campaign For Children. They’re advocating for legislative change in Congress to ensure children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

One Million U.S. Students Homeless, New Data Show

Washington - For the first time in history, public schools reported more than one million homeless children and youth, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Education.The 1,065,794 homeless students enrolled by U.S. preschools and K-12 schools in the 2010-2011 school year is the highest number on record, and a 13 percent increase over the 2009-2010 school year. This total underestimates the number of homeless children, because it does not include homeless infants and toddlers, young children who are not enrolled in public preschool programs, and homeless children and youth who were not identified by school officials.Forty-four...

Their View: Bill would make it easier to help homeless kids

Las Cruces Sun-NewsEvery child should look forward to summertime, but for the nearly 1 million homeless children in America, summer's not a vacation. For them, school offers safety, food, and community support. When school ends, they can't get these basic necessities at home, because they don't have a home of their own. Worse yet, it's government red tape that prevents local leaders from helping these kids. But Representative Steve Pearce can help.It's no secret that Las Cruces families face real challenges in a tough economy. The signs are all around, as job losses and foreclosures have made it harder...

Children’s Advocates Thank Senators for Voting to Feed Hungry Children

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children thanked 33 U.S. senators for their support of an amendment offered today by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.5 billion over ten years in federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill eliminates. The children’s advocacy organization had endorsed Gillibrand’s amendment, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that 20 percent of children live in homes where they or a family member is affected by hunger.“Nearly half of every SNAP dollar goes to feed children, so this was a...