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NYC4CNR June Newsletter

The June 2015 Newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.

 

 

 
 

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Alliance Update

Sign-On to the NYC4CNR Policy Platform!

The 2015 NYC4CNR Policy Platform is here! This document is reflective of numerous local and national organizational stakeholders and includes four goal areas and three key strategies for a strong Child Nutrition Act. Please share the document and sign up here in support.

 

We have learned that both houses of Congress want to complete a draft of the Act by August recess, so time is of the essence!

 

Please do two things to help us reach our goal of 100 organizational supporters by June 19th:

  1. Sign it: click here to add your organization’s name to the list of supporters, and

  2. Share it: ask your partners to sign on as well.  We are asking every group aligned with NYC4CNR to send the organizational sign-on invitation email below to 5 other organizations.  Please share through social media as well, by using the suggested tweetsbelow.

Organizational Sign-on Invitation Email Link  

Organizational Sign-on Suggested Tweets

 

 

NYC4CNR General Meeting June 259:30-11:00 AM

The next general NYC4CNR meeting will be held at City Harvest on June 25.  We will update the Alliance on the likelihood of CNR hearings this summer and what Congressional leadership is planning for drafts of the bill. We will also ask that those in attendance give an update on Policy Platform sign-on progress and identify how they will help move the items in the Communications Plan forward.

 

Webinar: Cities of Service Community Tables June 17

Cities of Service has partnered with the ConAgra Foods Foundation to create a new blueprint,Community Tables. The blueprint outlines an impact-volunteering initiative that can help mayors and other city leaders, in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, provide more children with access to healthy food during the summer school break.  To learn more about Community Tables - and to gather best practices from the City of Philadelphia's summer-meals programming - join their webinar onWednesday, June 17 at noon EDT.

Other Events:
If you or your organization know of any events related to the National School Lunch Program, theSchool Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please let us know so that we can advertise it to the Alliance.  Email David DeVaughn (ddevaughn@cityharvest.org) or Claire Uno (cu2155@tc.columbia.edu) with event information.

Legislative Update

Upcoming House Hearing June 16

The House Education & the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Child Nutrition Assistance: Are Federal Rules and Regulations Serving the Best Interests of Schools and Families?” on Tuesday June 16 featuring testimony from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  View a live webcast of the hearinghere

 

 

*We have learned that this will most likely be the last House CNR hearing and that the Senate does not plan to have any more hearings. Both bodies are striving to complete CNR drafts before the August summer recess*

 

 

House Hearing May 19 Recap

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held its first hearing on Child Nutrition, billed as “Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs."  In line with the recent Senate hearing, the subcommittee focused on management and oversight of child nutrition programs, including school meals and the WIC program.  In his opening statement, Chairman Rokita (R-IN) detailed that the misuse of taxpayer dollars to families who are not truly in need or who aim to “cheat the system,” speaks to the programs lack of fiscal integrity.

 

The witnesses included three Government Accountability Office officials who spoke to reasons for greater government oversight of the programs: improper payments in school meal, WIC-products being resold online, and ineligible children qualifying for free/reduced price meals.  Zoe Neuberger with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities detailed the successes of the programs and the error reduction that comes with data matching with programs like SNAP to ensure family eligibility.

 

Questions from the committee touched on the percentage breakdown of fraud, waste, and abuse in child nutrition programs, what the “cost effectiveness of the cure” might be, and that the focus of these discussions should be on enhancing access, while ensuring fiscal integrity.  You can watch a recording of the hearing on the committee website.  

 

 

 

Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act: Your Support Needed

On June 4, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Wise Investment in Our Children Act to extend The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to age six.  This bill comes on the heels of a May 28 National WIC Association letter to the House and Senate Appropriations committee leadership, urging them to adequately fund WIC through fiscal year 2016, increase funding to strengthen the program, and to maintain a science-based nutritionally healthy WIC food package. The NYC4CNR Policy Platform contains language to strengthen WIC in 2015.  Read the organizational sign-on letter here and let Elisabet Eppes (eeppes@nwica.org) know if your organization would like to sign on in support of the legislation by COB Friday, June 19th

 

 

Urban School Food Alliance (USFA) 2015 Positions for CNR

USFA has released its 2015 Positions for CNR. USFA was created by school food professionals in 2012 to address the unique needs of the Nation’s largest school districts, including the founding cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Orlando. The three main points call for increasing the USDA food dollars spent by school districts, expanding non-congregate feeding opportunities, and providing free meals for all students.  The NYC4CNR Policy Platform contains these policy recommendations. Read the USFA positions here.

 

News Update

 

 - NYC4CNR Background -

 

What is the Alliance?
The NYC Alliance for CNR is a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.

 

What is the Child Nutrition Act?
The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families.  Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years.  The current bill expires on October 1, 2015.
Why is this bill important?
This is a once in a five year opportunity to make improvements to programs that feed and educate millions of children from infancy through adolescence.  In New York State alone, over 1.8 million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC public schools. We are leading an action campaign for New Yorkers to engage in this debate.

   
     
 

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Published Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015

NYC4CNR June Newsletter

 

 

 
 

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Alliance Update

Sign-On to the NYC4CNR Policy Platform!

The 2015 NYC4CNR Policy Platform is here! This document is reflective of numerous local and national organizational stakeholders and includes four goal areas and three key strategies for a strong Child Nutrition Act. Please share the document and sign up here in support.

 

We have learned that both houses of Congress want to complete a draft of the Act by August recess, so time is of the essence!

 

Please do two things to help us reach our goal of 100 organizational supporters by June 19th:

  1. Sign it: click here to add your organization’s name to the list of supporters, and

  2. Share it: ask your partners to sign on as well.  We are asking every group aligned with NYC4CNR to send the organizational sign-on invitation email below to 5 other organizations.  Please share through social media as well, by using the suggested tweetsbelow.

Organizational Sign-on Invitation Email Link  

Organizational Sign-on Suggested Tweets

 

 

NYC4CNR General Meeting June 259:30-11:00 AM

The next general NYC4CNR meeting will be held at City Harvest on June 25.  We will update the Alliance on the likelihood of CNR hearings this summer and what Congressional leadership is planning for drafts of the bill. We will also ask that those in attendance give an update on Policy Platform sign-on progress and identify how they will help move the items in the Communications Plan forward.

 

Webinar: Cities of Service Community Tables June 17

Cities of Service has partnered with the ConAgra Foods Foundation to create a new blueprint,Community Tables. The blueprint outlines an impact-volunteering initiative that can help mayors and other city leaders, in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, provide more children with access to healthy food during the summer school break.  To learn more about Community Tables - and to gather best practices from the City of Philadelphia's summer-meals programming - join their webinar onWednesday, June 17 at noon EDT.

Other Events:
If you or your organization know of any events related to the National School Lunch Program, theSchool Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please let us know so that we can advertise it to the Alliance.  Email David DeVaughn (ddevaughn@cityharvest.org) or Claire Uno (cu2155@tc.columbia.edu) with event information.

Legislative Update

Upcoming House Hearing June 16

The House Education & the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Child Nutrition Assistance: Are Federal Rules and Regulations Serving the Best Interests of Schools and Families?” on Tuesday June 16 featuring testimony from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  View a live webcast of the hearinghere

 

 

*We have learned that this will most likely be the last House CNR hearing and that the Senate does not plan to have any more hearings. Both bodies are striving to complete CNR drafts before the August summer recess*

 

 

House Hearing May 19 Recap

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held its first hearing on Child Nutrition, billed as “Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs."  In line with the recent Senate hearing, the subcommittee focused on management and oversight of child nutrition programs, including school meals and the WIC program.  In his opening statement, Chairman Rokita (R-IN) detailed that the misuse of taxpayer dollars to families who are not truly in need or who aim to “cheat the system,” speaks to the programs lack of fiscal integrity.

 

The witnesses included three Government Accountability Office officials who spoke to reasons for greater government oversight of the programs: improper payments in school meal, WIC-products being resold online, and ineligible children qualifying for free/reduced price meals.  Zoe Neuberger with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities detailed the successes of the programs and the error reduction that comes with data matching with programs like SNAP to ensure family eligibility.

 

Questions from the committee touched on the percentage breakdown of fraud, waste, and abuse in child nutrition programs, what the “cost effectiveness of the cure” might be, and that the focus of these discussions should be on enhancing access, while ensuring fiscal integrity.  You can watch a recording of the hearing on the committee website.  

 

 

 

Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act: Your Support Needed

On June 4, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Wise Investment in Our Children Act to extend The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to age six.  This bill comes on the heels of a May 28 National WIC Association letter to the House and Senate Appropriations committee leadership, urging them to adequately fund WIC through fiscal year 2016, increase funding to strengthen the program, and to maintain a science-based nutritionally healthy WIC food package. The NYC4CNR Policy Platform contains language to strengthen WIC in 2015.  Read the organizational sign-on letter here and let Elisabet Eppes (eeppes@nwica.org) know if your organization would like to sign on in support of the legislation by COB Friday, June 19th

 

 

Urban School Food Alliance (USFA) 2015 Positions for CNR

USFA has released its 2015 Positions for CNR. USFA was created by school food professionals in 2012 to address the unique needs of the Nation’s largest school districts, including the founding cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Orlando. The three main points call for increasing the USDA food dollars spent by school districts, expanding non-congregate feeding opportunities, and providing free meals for all students.  The NYC4CNR Policy Platform contains these policy recommendations. Read the USFA positions here.

 

News Update

 

 - NYC4CNR Background -

 

What is the Alliance?
The NYC Alliance for CNR is a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.

 

What is the Child Nutrition Act?
The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families.  Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years.  The current bill expires on October 1, 2015.
Why is this bill important?
This is a once in a five year opportunity to make improvements to programs that feed and educate millions of children from infancy through adolescence.  In New York State alone, over 1.8 million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC public schools. We are leading an action campaign for New Yorkers to engage in this debate.

   
     
 

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