From the Wires
Fattah Announces USDA Has Approved Extension for Philadelphia School Feeding Pilot Program
By: PR Newswire
Jun. 5, 2009 02:27 PM
Fattah spoke today morning with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had announced earlier this year it was affirming a decision by the Bush Administration to terminate the pilot school lunch program for the School District of
"I have just spoken with the Secretary and I am pleased to announce that he has accepted a plan to keep this vital program operating in a manner that works for all stakeholders -- especially for hungry children living in poverty. We both agreed that the reauthorization process was the best context in which to consider the future of the pilot," Fattah said. "I applaud Secretary Vilsack's commitment to feeding our children and for his leadership on this issue."
The Child Nutrition Act, last reauthorized in 2004, includes the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (originally enacted in 1946) and other child nutrition programs. The House Education and Labor Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee plan to take up the Child Nutrition Act later this year.
"I look forward to working with both Chairmen to ensure that the Committees benefit from the lessons learned in
Fattah plans to introduce legislation that builds on the success of the
The key element of the
Studies have shown that large numbers of children go hungry when they are required to provide school meal applications. Since students themselves are responsible for the information, forms are often incomplete or not returned. Families with the lowest incomes and in the greatest need are also the least likely to return complete applications.
"Families are balancing countless obligations and trying to make life work. We can't just cross our fingers and hope that paperwork will rise above the din of poverty," Fattah said. "This is one verifiable instance where government red tape and inefficiency gets in the way of helping needy kids."
Under the Bush Administration order, the Philadelphia Pilot was scheduled for termination in
"We're optimistic that working with Chairmen
SOURCE Office of Congressman
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