Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, mentioned his work in Congress to develop vitamin advantages for kids who battle with meals insecurity whereas touring Frazier Farms in Oceanside Monday.
Levin launched the Cease Baby Starvation Act earlier this yr, supposed to offer households who’ve youngsters eligible free of charge and reduced-price college meals with an digital profit switch card when college isn’t in session. Final week, the Home Schooling and Labor Committee added a provision in its portion of the Construct Again Higher Act that makes related investments to these outlined in Levin’s laws.
“It’s merely unconscionable that any youngster needs to be allowed to go hungry as a result of their household doesn’t have the assist they want, and we should do higher for our kids,” he mentioned. “As we heard at this time from Oceanside Unified Faculty District Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale, many households in our group battle to place meals on the desk, and we should do extra to assist them.”
“I’m extremely grateful for the work the San Diego Starvation Coalition does to assist these households, and I admire the chance Frazier Farms supplies to make use of vitamin advantages at their shops,” Levin mentioned. “Now we should go my Cease Baby Starvation Act and reinforce investments in vitamin help within the Construct Again Higher Act so we will meet our ethical duty to make sure our kids aren’t going hungry.”
Round 29.6 million college students nationally are eligible to obtain free or reduced-price college meals every day through the annual college yr. Faculty vitamin packages present important nourishment to college students to assist wholesome dwelling and enhance cognitive perform all through the varsity day, and a lapse in these advantages can have a drastic impression on low-income households, he mentioned.
“No youngster ought to ever must expertise the devastating impacts of starvation or malnutrition. But we proceed to see mother and father struggling to place sufficient meals on the desk when college meals aren’t out there,” San Diego Starvation Coalition CEO Anahid Brakke mentioned.
“The Cease Baby Starvation Act of 2021 presents a simple, sensible resolution: give mother and father with very low incomes a bit more money on an EBT card when college is out, to allow them to buy extra wholesome meals for his or her children,” Brakke mentioned. “The funds are spent in native grocery shops like Frazier Farms, mother and father should buy what their children will eat and, most significantly, youngsters don’t have to fret about getting sufficient to eat throughout college breaks.”
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.