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My Cincinnati Enquirer Oped on Summer Feeding

We don’t often hear stories of Democrats and Republicans agreeing on an issue. In an election year we might not expect to hear any.

But Ohio’s two senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, have recently signed on to co-sponsor legislation to fight child hunger in America. It’s called the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act.

See my full commentary at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Congress can unite over food

It seems like Democrats and Republicans never agree on anything. But think again. They are finding common ground over food. And it could make a huge difference for America.

When Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) recently signed on to the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015, he found allies from across the aisle. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined him. So did Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). From his party Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) were among the first to join Brown.

Read the full article at The Hill:

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Senator Brown supports Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) yesterday announced co-sponsorship of the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. This legislation would tackle the massive summer feeding crisis in America.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is supporting the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act

During the school year, low-income children receive free lunches from the federal government. However, when summer comes and schools are closed, these same children often miss out on that daily meal. There are a lack of feeding sites to make up for the school cafeterias being closed.

Senator Brown says, “Summer break shouldn’t mean a break from good nutrition. Summer meal programs provide the nutrition assistance for children that they would normally receive in school, ensuring their healthy development and easing the burden on their families.” The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, if given enough support, could be passed in the Child Nutrition legislation in the coming weeks.

According to Feeding America, 82% of children who receive the school lunches during the year do not get them during the summer. The summer months become a time when hunger escalates among children. The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act aims to stop this.

One remedy the bill has put forward is providing needy families an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card during the summer months. This would provide 30 dollars a month per child so the family can purchase extra food to make up for the lost school lunches. This would help children who cannot get to summer feeding sites.

While there are efforts to increase the number of summer feeding sites, they cannot possibly make up the difference. According to Feeding America, there are 9 million low-income children who live in areas that are ineligible to have summer feeding sites. So clearly an EBT card would be vital to them.

Feeding America is calling on its supporters to contact their representatives in support of the bill. So far there has been bipartisan support. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have joined Brown in support of the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. An advocacy page has been set up by Feeding America.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Feeding America supports the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act

Feeding America says it strongly supports new legislation to end the summer hunger crisis. The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 would provide an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to low-income families.

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Take a bite out of child hunger pangs this summer: William Lambers (Opinion)

Summer is coming, but sadly it’s not all about fun. With the summer sun comes an increase in child hunger across the United States. That is because, with schools closed, needy children lose access to the free lunches and breakfasts offered there.

Read my full commentary at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Obama plan would fight child hunger in America

President Obama’s budget for the coming year will give a boost to programs that fight child hunger.

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After school food can be part of nutrition bill

Last summer the Cincinnati Public Library continued its successful child feeding program. To fight child hunger, it’s important that feeding programs extend beyond the school.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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