This evening, Congressman Stivers and Congresswoman Fudge will introduce the " The School Nutrition Flexibility Act" with additional Members of Congress co-sponsoring including: Rep. Bill Cassidy (R, LA-6), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-9), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D, FL-24), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R, OH-7) Rep. Larry Bucshon (R, IN-8), Rep. Trent Franks (R, AZ-8) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-3). As mentioned previously, this legislation will make permanent the grain and protein flexibility in regards to School Lunch and will also address the issue of local control of increasing meal prices. SNA has been working with Representatives Stivers and Fudge on reaching out to Members of Congress and is pleased to see the growing bi-partisan support.
Support for the Sensible School Meals Act continues to grow as additional Members of Congress announce support for House versions of S. 427. On Tuesday, March 19, Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3) and Tom Cotton (AR-4) of the Arkansas House Delegation introduced one version of the Senate bill, which is also co-cosponsored by Senator Pryor of Arkansas. Their version focuses on making permanent the grain and protein flexibility. In addition, SNA has been working with Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in introducing a modified version of S. 427 on Thursday, March 21. Their version will also include language addressing Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by allowing local school food authorities and local school boards to set the price of a “paid” meal where the program is being well managed. Representatives Stivers and Fudge are circulatingthe attached “Dear Colleague” letter to garner further bi-partisan support.
Members of Congress Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) plan to introduce a bill that will make the USDA revisions to grains and protein permanent similar to the Senate Bill. The House Bill also includes an amendment allowing local schools to set the price for a "paid" meal where the program is well-managed. Ask your Members of Congress to add their name this week to this important sign-on letter, before the recess. The sign-on letter is endorsed by SNA and came about during conversations that happened during the recent Legislative Action Conference.
Click here for the sign-on letter to share with your house member.
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