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LOGA July 2003 Legislative Update (page 1)

Raise Your Voice
Against Hunger and Poverty

12.5 Million People in Ethiopia Need Food Aid

Hunger occurs in pockets within the country and even within households -- like in this family in southern Ethiopia -- where the youngest or weakest family members are at greatest risk, as are those who are ill. The responses of governments and aid agencies have been strong, but more aid is needed. 

See story on page five, "Famine Relief Funding Urgently Needed."

(photo by Catholic Relief Services)




Senator Kohl Introduced Child Nutrition Bills

Sen. Kohl (D-WI) introduced three child nutrition bills.  The package aims to increase access to the School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and Child and Adult Care Food CACFP Programs. 

Sen. Smith (R-OR) has joined Sen. Kohl in co-sponsoring the Summer Food Service and CACFP bills.

S. 1020 – School Breakfast Improvement Act of 2003 includes: 1) universal breakfast pilot projects for high schools in low-income areas; 2) Start-up grants for the lowest performing states on school breakfast; and 3) additional money for commodities in the School Breakfast Program.

S. 1021 – Summer Food Service Program Improvement Act of 2003 includes: 1) expansion of the “Lugar Summer Food Pilots” to all 50 states and to non-profit sponsors. The pilot has helped to reduce paper work, particularly important to nonprofit providers like churches. 2) reduction in the area eligibility for the program from 50 to 40 percent of children eligible for free and reduced-priced meals, particularly helpful in rural areas; 3) provision of $5 million in competitive start up grants for 10 states for such items as transportation.

S. 1022 – Child and Adult Care Food Program Improvement Act of 2003 includes: 1) reduction in the area eligibility for CACFP from 50 to 40 percent and includes family child care homes and the at-risk after-school snack programs; 2) expands the current supper pilot program to another six states - WI, MS, IA, IN and two additional states selected competitively.  Current states include DE, MI, PA, MO, NY, OR, IL; and 3) extends the age of children in homeless shelters eligible for reimbursements for meals and snacks through CACFP from the current age of 12 to children up through age 17.

ACTION:  Contact your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor these bills.

…see Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All (ELCA, 1999)                  Kay Bengston

LOGA Staff Address Hunger and Poverty Issues at Youth Gathering

Hun Quach, a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, will attend the ELCA Youth Gatherings in Atlanta in July. She will be at the Hunger Booth outside the “U-Ball Game” in the Interaction Center to discuss issues of hunger and poverty, including Head Start, Food Stamps, and Child Nutrition.  Kay Bengston, Mark Brown, and Danielle Welliever will be in the Interaction Center or leading a learning activity on advocacy. 

Take the domestic hunger and poverty quiz on page seven. 

(photo by Mark Brown)

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