On a national level, Congress is considering the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, which funds healthier food options for millions of kids. Contact your members of Congress as one of their constituents to support a strong, kid-friendly bill (link to Advocate section of KGF or to Cap Whiz or other relevant parts of overall site).
On a local level, "food desert" is a term to describe urban or rural neighborhoods without access to affordable, healthy food. They have no supermarkets and the corner/convenience stores do not stock produce, low-fat meat and dairy or other healthier choices. Researchers have found a connection between food deserts and higher incidences of obesity and diabetes.
Zoning and economic policies can encourage healthier food options, especially in lower-income rural and urban communities. It may sound daunting, but it's not. As a voter and taxpayer, you can make your views known and have an impact.
About food deserts and ways to reduce them in the U.S. Department of Agriculture report, Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food-Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences
Millions of kids eat one or two meals a day at school through federal Child Nutrition programs-often the bulk of their daily nutrition. The Women Infants and Children, or WIC, program also provides food assistance to babies and small children.
Congress is considering the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill right now. You can contact your Senators and representative to request that the bill-
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