Today, Congress will vote on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-3307), the bill that reauthorizes childhood nutrition programs and includes provisions to help get healthy, farm-fresh food into our school cafeterias. You stepped up to tell your Senators to protect the rights of small and mid-sized farmers as they considered the food safety bill, now tell your Representative you expect them to vote yes on child nutrition and support family farmers and good food for kids! You can get your Representative's name and direct number at Congress.org (just enter your zip code). Or, call the Capitol Switchboard, provide your Representative's name and be directly connected to their office: (202) 225-3121. Once connected, ask to speak to the staff member who works on child nutrition. Our partners at the Community Food Security Coalition, who have been tireless working on this legislation, suggest you use this script:
I am a constituent of ________ and I am calling to ask him/her to vote YES for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) when it comes to the floor for a vote this week. Unless Congress sends the bill to the President now, supporters will have to start over in the new Congress. We must not make our children wait any longer.And if you need a good chuckle this morning, check out Secretary of Ag, Tom Vilsack, as he promotes the child nutrition bill on the Colbert Report last night!
Thanks for doing your part to build a vibrant family farm-centered food system!