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Young Introduces Legislation to Expand Healthy Meals for Kids Year Round


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced bipartisan legislation to fight childhood hunger by expanding access to summer meal programs for kids across the country.

The Summer Meals Act of 2014 works to provide nutritious meals to kids in need by cutting down red tape for local organizations serving summer meals and making meals and snacks more readily available during weekends and after school hours. The bill also supports transportation in rural areas where it is often more difficult for kids to participate in summer meal programs.

“I am proud to introduce the Summer Meals Act, a bipartisan effort to give kids throughout Alaska and the Nation better access to meals during the summer,” said Congressman Don Young. “Current federal regulations are forcing Alaskan non-profits and faith-based organizations to waste vital resources and funding to meet duplicative and unnecessary standards when administering various child nutrition programs.  My bill would eliminate this bureaucracy and increase the impact of summer meal programs in rural areas and across the country.  As a former teacher, I know that these types of programs genuinely help kids maintain their academic progress throughout the summer months, and this legislation works to ensure that more students start the school year healthy and ready to learn.”

The Food Bank of Alaska recently shared their support for the legislation:

"This bill will help feed even more hungry kids, especially in rural Alaska,” said Mary Sullivan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Food Bank of Alaska. “That's the bottom line for us, getting kids more access to the nutrition they need to grow, learn, and achieve in life as productive members of our communities. It all starts with simply having enough to eat, and we are thrilled Congressman Young is sponsoring this important legislation that will help kids get the food they need."

The Summer Meals Act of 2014 is cosponsored by Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-02. A companion bill, sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), was introduced earlier this week.

A fact sheet about the bill is available here. Full text is available here.

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