News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Combatting Childhood Hunger

We live in the United States of America, a country where there is no excuse for children to be hungry. Yet across the country and in Oregon, food insecurity is a serious issue for millions of families with children. It is unacceptable that more than 15 million children live in food insecure households in the U.S., and about 15 percent of Oregon families are food insecure.  
Recently I visited Heaven Sent in Hillsboro, a home daycare facility that benefits from a federal child nutrition law known as the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The Act provides support for a wide range of child and adult nutrition programs, including school meals, the summer nutrition program, meals for children in home daycare, and more.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act expires next month. We know that children who are hungry don't perform as well in school, and children in day care or preschool often live in families that simply can't provide enough health food for growth. As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, I'm working hard to reauthorize these programs because they provide support for some of the most vulnerable in our state and our country. Read more about my efforts here.

The root cause of hunger is poverty. There is no question that we must continue to build and grow our economy and create opportunities for everyone in this great country to have a good paying job. But in the meantime, we cannot allow our children to grow up hungry. We must update and reauthorize the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act now.



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