Advocacy Action Alert – Show your support for Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015

Advocacy Action Alert – Show your support for Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015

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Please take action today and 1) sign your organization onto the letter below AND 2) call our senators, 3) tweet our senators, 4) email our senators/send them a letter!

As you may know, the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015 was recently introduced in the Senate.  The bill includes two of our three primary legislative priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) aimed at strengthening summer feeding programs: 1) a non-congregate meal option and 2) a summer EBT program.  The third priority, streamlining after school and summer meal programs, is included in Summer Meals Act of 2015, which has already been introduced in both the House and Senate.  We see these as companion bills that will work hand-in-hand to strengthen summer meal programs and help on the ground providers reach more kids.

Below is a one page summer and an FAQ to help you better understand what’s in the bill and how it will operate on the ground.  Both are available on feedingamerica.org so you can share with your external partners.

Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act – Summary (pdf)

Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act – FAQ (pdf)

At this point, our strategy is to show strong support from local organizations and in the Senate for these marker bills in hopes that they will be included in the final bill that moves through Congress.  We expect the process to continue to move forward once Congress returns from recess in September.  You can take two actions to help us achieve this goal:

  1. Show your support for the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015 bill by signing your organization on to this letter  http://goo.gl/forms/mhjNXHeSeh– and sharing it with your local partners and agencies, especially providers involved in summer feeding programs. Broad support for this bill will help increase likelihood of members agreeing to sign on in support.
  2. Ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act and the Summer Meals Act by calling the below number and leaving the following message:

To call your Senators, just dial (888) 398-8702 and deliver this message:

As a constituent and supporter/employee of God’s Pantry Food Bank,. I urge you to co-sponsor Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015 (S. 1966) and the Summer Meals Act (S. 613 / H.R. 1728). These bills will help community organizations reach more kids during the summer, make it easier to operate summer meal programs by simplifying the paperwork, and strengthen child nutrition programs to ensure kids get the food they need to succeed.

3.   TWEET our senators 

Senator

Mitch

McConnell

R

KY

@McConnellPress

Senator

Rand

Paul

R

KY

@RandPaul

Thank you @McConnellPress for co-sponsoring the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act and helping to end hunger in Kentucky

We’re asking @RandPaul to co-sponsor the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act and help end hunger in Kentucky

The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act will reduce summer child hunger. Thank you @McConnellPress for co-sponsoring

The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act will reduce summer child hunger. We’re asking @RandPaul to co-sponsor

As a @GPFoodBank supporter, thanks @McConnellPress for helping end summer hunger by co-sponsoring the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act

Thank you @McConnellPress for co-sponsoring the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, making sure all kids have access to food in summer

4.     Email or send the attached letter with your signature/support to our senators:

Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act – Letter (MS Word Document)

First Name

Last Name

Senator First Name

Senator Last Name

Title

State

Email

Phone

Natalie

Burkhalter

Randal

Paul

Legislative Assistant

Kentucky

[email protected]

(202) 224-4343

Katelyn

Conner

Addison

McConnell

Legislative Assistant

Kentucky

[email protected]

(202) 224-2541