SNA Members: Take Action to Protect School Meals!


SNA members are encouraged to contact their Members of Congress to urge them to oppose efforts to block grant school meal programs. Send a NEW Action Alert now, and see below to find out how to help protect school meals.

On Tuesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which contains a school meal block grant pilot project. The bill, approved by a vote of 20-14, now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. Click here to read the bill and view a video of the proceedings.

Following the markup, SNA issued a press release opposing the legislation and urging Congress to pass a bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that protects school meal programs, including increased funding and the Senate agreement on nutrition standards. Specifically, SNA opposes the bill’s three state school meal block grant pilot project and a provision to limit school eligibility for CEP, the Community Eligibility Provision.

Here are 3 ways SNA members can Take Action to Protect School Meals:

  1. SNA has a NEW Action Alert calling on Congress to oppose block grants and pass a bipartisan CNR bill. Click here to send this Action Alert email to your Members of Congress.

  2. Call your Senators and Representatives. Click here and scroll down to “Look Up Your Legislators.” Enter your zip code to find links to their contact information. Below is a sample script you may use in communicating with Members of Congress:

    Hi – I’m a constituent and a school nutrition professional. I am calling to urge Senator/Representative xxx to oppose any effort to block grant school meal programs, including H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act.

    Block grants strip school meal programs of critical funding and threaten student access to healthy meals. Block grants void all federal nutrition standards and eligibility mandates for free and reduced price meals.

    I hope Senator/Representative xxx will stand up for students! Congress must pass a bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization bill that protects school meal programs.

  3. Spread the word through social media. Below are sample tweets:

    As a #schoolnutrition operator, I urge Congress to pass a #CNR2016 Bill that protects school meals for students!

    I oppose #HR5003! Block grants strip under-resourced #schoollunch programs of critical funds. #CNR2016

    Join me in taking action! Block grants, like #HR5003 pilot, harm students and #schoolnutrition programs! #CNR2016

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