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October 2010 U.S. Poverty Laser Talk

Urge Congress to Pass a Strong Child Nutrition Bill

Engage: One in four American children are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight.

Problem: In 2009, 15.4 million children were living in poverty in the U.S., that’s 1.4 million more than the year before. And Congress is on the brink of passing legislation that could increase hunger.

Inform: Fortunately, Congress can instead do something about it this year. Child nutrition programs, like the school lunch program and WIC, are up for reauthorization in 2010. These programs help provide children around the country access to meals and snacks that are essential to their health and development. An additional $8 billion over the next decade invested in these programs would help us meet the President’s goal of ending child hunger in the United States. Unfortunately, the Senate passed their bill that only invests $4.5 billion in new funding and cut the SNAP program (food stamps) by over $2 billion to pay for it. We must do better for our kids.

Call to Action: Will you work with House leadership, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA-7) and ranking member John Kline (R-MN-2), as well as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI-12) and ranking member Dave Camp (R-MI-4) to pass a more robust child nutrition bill that invests the resources needed to eliminate child hunger, without cutting SNAP benefits to fund it?

Thank you for your time.

What Is a Laser Talk?

A laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt a laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk and our Child nutrition page.