December 9, 2016
On Tuesday, decisions about changes to the programs providing food for children in schools, child care centers and out-of-school time programs were put on hold indefinitely when the Senate Republican in charge of efforts to update the legislation publicly stated that no bill would be considered.
Allies for Children supported changes to the program that would have made it easier for those organizations working to ensure children get fed. In particular, the bill would have made it simpler for programs serving after school snacks and summer meals–since many groups provide food for the exact same children during the summer and after school. Money could be used for extra food instead of filling out extra paperwork.
For organizations like Touching Families, Inc. or Citizens Against Domestic Apartheid, reduced red tape provides more time to expand programming.
We’ve also seen the incredible importance of the Community Eligibility Provision, which allows schools with a large percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch to feed all students for free. Not only does that save paperwork and time for schools, it reduces the stigma for students and enhances the program overall.
Allies for Children will continue to monitor programs that support the health and well-being of children, whether decisions are made at the local, state, or national levels. ~Erika Fricke, health policy director