The New England Alliance for Children’s Health is co-sponsoring a sign-on letter with the New England Consortium (NEC) that urges Congress to act swiftly and pass a strong child nutrition reauthorization (CNR) bill. The letter asks the New England delegation in the House of Representatives to work with leadership to ensure that a final bill is passed and ready for the President’s signature by September 30, 2010, when the current law expires.

The federal child nutrition programs that will be reauthorized through this legislation have the potential to promote childhood health, reduce childhood hunger and obesity, and combat the effects of child poverty by greatly improving access to existing child nutrition programs. If you are part of an organization based in any of the New England states, you can sign your organization on to this letter by clicking here. All sign-ons are due by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 9.

Please consider signing on to this letter. We need to urge Congress to act quickly and ensure children have access to high-quality meals at school.

—Patrick Tigue, Children’s Health Care Coordinator, New England Alliance for Children’s Health