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NYC4CNR March 2016 Newsletter

The March 2016 newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.

NYC4CNR March 2016 Newsletter 

 
 

 

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Alliance Update

Senate Agriculture Committee

As we've shared previously, on January 20 2016, the Senate Committee on Agriculture unanimously passed its version of the Child Nutrition Act, the "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016." Overall, we support the bill, and recognize that the political environment was a difficult one for the committee to navigate. There are some provisions that concern us however, including verification requirements that could impact some of the most vulnerable children receiving school meals, as well as changes to the summer meals program.  Read NYC4CNR's full response to the bill.  Before the bill can be passed by the entire Senate, the committee is waiting on Congressional Budget Office "scoring" to make sure that the bill's provisions pay for themselves.  In addition, there are several housekeeping items, like adding language to reduce the administrative burden of new provisions. For example, the bill includes an additional meal for children in afterschool programs (the Child and Adult Care Food Program), but does not make clear whether additional paperwork is needed by providers.  We are also hearing that several Senators may want to deliver speeches on the Senate floor, or introduce amendments to the current bill, even if they are not asking colleagues to vote on them, but instead to air some issues.  As further details and opportunities to participate in this process emerge, we will share them with the Alliance.

House Education & the Workforce Committee

After much speculation that the House Education and Workforce Committee would take the lead from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and adopt their Child Nutrition bill, House leadership has now indicated that they plan to proceed through "regular order" in a bipartisan fashion that aligns with the Senate provisions.  Though, many of the wins/concerns we discussed in theNYC4CNR respond to the Senate bill are on the table in the House bill, including: negotiating the nutrition standards; eligibility requirements for federal programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps) and their connection to Child Nutrition programs (WIC through adjunctive eligibilityand the Community Eligibility Provision through direct certification); curtailing the WIC program expansion that would include 5 year olds; and making the new verification provisions stronger,affecting the most vulnerable children on the program.

Join the Just Food Conference Campaign Action Session - Sunday, March 13-12:55 - 2:40 PM

Lunch 4 Learning & the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Fighting Hunger & the Poverty Stigma Facing New York’s Youth (click link for description) - Speakers: Socheatta Meng, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Community Food Advocates; Sara Trongone, Program & Policy Strategist, Community Food Advocates; and David DeVaughn, Manager of Policy & Government Relations, City Harvest

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.

Conference Update

Members of NYC4CNR attended the FRAC/Feeding America Anti-Hunger Policy Conferencefrom February 29 - March 1 in Washington D.C.  The conference draws anti-hunger advocates, government officials, child welfare advocates, representatives of food banks & food rescue organizations, and nutrition and anti-obesity groups, for three days of training, networking and Capitol Hill advocacy.  Broad topics covered, beyond anti-hunger programs, included “food as medicine” connecting the anti-hunger and public health communities, and connecting anti-hunger movements to social justice movements.


As part of the New York State Delegation, NYC4CNR members met with the offices of numerous New York City members of Congress on March 1, including Senators Schumer & Gillibrand, and Representatives Jeffries, Maloney, Velázquez, Meng, Donovan, Nadler, and Rangel.  In almost every meeting, advocates got into the detail of the legislation and specific actions we can take to bring offices together and equip our representatives with the tools to educate their colleagues.

 

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 expired 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.

   
   

 

Want to learn more about us?! Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, the Tisch 'Dish, to stay up to date with our latest events and research. And don't forget to find TFC on Twitter and Facebook

Published Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016

NYC4CNR March 2016 Newsletter

NYC4CNR March 2016 Newsletter 

 
 

 

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Alliance Update

Senate Agriculture Committee

As we've shared previously, on January 20 2016, the Senate Committee on Agriculture unanimously passed its version of the Child Nutrition Act, the "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016." Overall, we support the bill, and recognize that the political environment was a difficult one for the committee to navigate. There are some provisions that concern us however, including verification requirements that could impact some of the most vulnerable children receiving school meals, as well as changes to the summer meals program.  Read NYC4CNR's full response to the bill.  Before the bill can be passed by the entire Senate, the committee is waiting on Congressional Budget Office "scoring" to make sure that the bill's provisions pay for themselves.  In addition, there are several housekeeping items, like adding language to reduce the administrative burden of new provisions. For example, the bill includes an additional meal for children in afterschool programs (the Child and Adult Care Food Program), but does not make clear whether additional paperwork is needed by providers.  We are also hearing that several Senators may want to deliver speeches on the Senate floor, or introduce amendments to the current bill, even if they are not asking colleagues to vote on them, but instead to air some issues.  As further details and opportunities to participate in this process emerge, we will share them with the Alliance.

House Education & the Workforce Committee

After much speculation that the House Education and Workforce Committee would take the lead from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and adopt their Child Nutrition bill, House leadership has now indicated that they plan to proceed through "regular order" in a bipartisan fashion that aligns with the Senate provisions.  Though, many of the wins/concerns we discussed in theNYC4CNR respond to the Senate bill are on the table in the House bill, including: negotiating the nutrition standards; eligibility requirements for federal programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps) and their connection to Child Nutrition programs (WIC through adjunctive eligibilityand the Community Eligibility Provision through direct certification); curtailing the WIC program expansion that would include 5 year olds; and making the new verification provisions stronger,affecting the most vulnerable children on the program.

Join the Just Food Conference Campaign Action Session - Sunday, March 13-12:55 - 2:40 PM

Lunch 4 Learning & the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Fighting Hunger & the Poverty Stigma Facing New York’s Youth (click link for description) - Speakers: Socheatta Meng, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Community Food Advocates; Sara Trongone, Program & Policy Strategist, Community Food Advocates; and David DeVaughn, Manager of Policy & Government Relations, City Harvest

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.

Conference Update

Members of NYC4CNR attended the FRAC/Feeding America Anti-Hunger Policy Conferencefrom February 29 - March 1 in Washington D.C.  The conference draws anti-hunger advocates, government officials, child welfare advocates, representatives of food banks & food rescue organizations, and nutrition and anti-obesity groups, for three days of training, networking and Capitol Hill advocacy.  Broad topics covered, beyond anti-hunger programs, included “food as medicine” connecting the anti-hunger and public health communities, and connecting anti-hunger movements to social justice movements.


As part of the New York State Delegation, NYC4CNR members met with the offices of numerous New York City members of Congress on March 1, including Senators Schumer & Gillibrand, and Representatives Jeffries, Maloney, Velázquez, Meng, Donovan, Nadler, and Rangel.  In almost every meeting, advocates got into the detail of the legislation and specific actions we can take to bring offices together and equip our representatives with the tools to educate their colleagues.

 

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 expired 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.

   
   

 

Want to learn more about us?! Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, the Tisch 'Dish, to stay up to date with our latest events and research. And don't forget to find TFC on Twitter and Facebook

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