U.S. House discusses urgency of waivers

2022-06-21

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) circulated a letter requesting colleagues sign to join them in urging swift action to prevent the expiration of child nutrition waivers. 

At a June 14th House Agriculture Committee hearing, Rep. Spanberger stated, “…I have heard from communities, counties across Central Virginia, imploring us to extend these waivers … I urge my colleagues in the House and the Senate to heed the pleas from our local school districts and take up the bipartisan legislation, keeping school meals flexible act to extend these waivers.” 

On the House floor on June 16th, Rep, Jim McGovern spoke about the rising food insecurity and the critical role of school nutrition programs in combating hunger. “We are about to reach a hunger cliff at the end of June…we can’t go back to the days when close to 13 million kids went to bed hungry every night in this country.” 

What’s Next: The House Appropriations Committee and House Education and Labor Committee have scheduled two hearings pertaining to school nutrition programs.

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