Support Increased Funding in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010
Were You Hungry on Yom Kippur?
Action is needed now on Child Nutrition now.
More than 30 million students received reduced cost or free lunches at school, while 10.6 million received breakfast - meals they would otherwise go without. Unfortunately, only 2.1 million students received meals over the summer months, when school is out - but hunger does not disappear or take a summer vacation. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act makes significant new investments in child nutrition programs, but action is needed now to ensure that the bill is passed.
Take Action: Join other JSPAN members in a National Call-in Day Tuesday, September 21 and urge your members of Congress to support increased funding for important nutrition programs in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010. The Capitol Switchboard can reached at 202.224.3121 or send an email by entering your zip code below:
The Child Nutrition and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Act
authorizes all of the federal school meal and child nutrition programs,
including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child
and Adult Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, among others. These
programs are among the most effective in eradicating hunger, with far-reaching
impacts on the long-term educational and economic security of kids who receive
the meals. In 2008, more than 30 million students received reduced cost or free
lunches at school, while 10.6 million received breakfast. Unfortunately, only
2.1 million students received meals over the summer months, when school is out
- but hunger does not disappear.
This year, Congress will review how these programs are working and vote on reauthorizing them so that kids can continue to get healthy food. Congress must be urged to include grants and plans to expand access to the programs to as many children as possible.
Take Action Now!
The Torah is explicit in the command that we feed the hungry and help eradicate hunger from our society. Leviticus 23:22 tells us, "And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I the Eternal am your God." In Isaiah 58:7, God commands us to "share [our] bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into [our] house." The Jewish tradition mandates us not just to act individually to end hunger, but as a community. The Talmud explains that each Jewish community must establish a public fund to provide food for the hungry, and our sages explain that feeding the hungry is one of our most important responsibilities on earth: "When you are asked in the world to come, ‘What was your work?' and you answer, ‘I fed the hungry,' you will be told: ‘This is the gate of the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry'" (Midrash to Psalm 118:17).