Take Action on CACFP in Child Nutrition Reauthorization

2016-04-28 | , Alliance For Strong Families and Communities

From the Child Care and Early Learning Coalition:

Urge your House Member to “vote no” on H.R.5003!

Many of you have worked hard to urge Congress to include an additional snack for young children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in the Child Nutrition reauthorization. Sadly, the House version of the Child Nutrition reauthorization, H.R. 5003, introduced by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on behalf of the majority on the House Education and Workforce Committee does not include the additional snack; although the bill does make it somewhat easier for for-profit centers to continue to participate in the program.  The bill also takes many steps backward in terms of children’s access to healthy meals in school and in out of school time settings.

With last week’s release of a new CACFP meal pattern a final rule from USDA, it is even more important to ensure that the Child Nutrition reauthorization progresses forward to support CACFP.

In the last reauthorization, six years ago, CACFP received no investments – no rate increase or additional meal/snack. It is essential to the health and well-being of young children that any child nutrition reauthorization must include an additional snack for children in CACFP by the end of the five-year year authorization period

If you have a member on the House Education and Workforce Committee please call or e mail them and:

  • Urge them to support adding an additional snack to CACFP for children in child care for long hours in the Child Nutrition bill;
  • Stress how important good nutrition is to young children in their key developmental years and how children need to eat frequently during the day to ensure that they have access to this nutrition and can flourish in their early learning settings; and
  • Remind them that the Early Childhood Improvement Act, H.R. 3886, introduced by Representatives Bonamici (D-OR) and Stefanik (R-NY) demonstrates strong bi-partisan support for an additional snack in CACFP.