Anti-hunger advocates are keeping a close eye on the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.
While Congress managed to pass a temporary federal budget last month, the measure expires in December and nothing is off the table when it comes to budget cuts.
“What’s more important than insuring that our nation’s kids have healthy food all the time? It has to be one of our top priorities as a country,” Brett Weisel, advocacy director for the hunger relief charity Feeding America, said during an interview on “Closer Look.”
President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law on Dec. 13, 2010, to help improve childhood nutrition in communities across the nation.
The legislation authorized funding for all federal child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC.
“Thankfully the child nutrition bill is, historically, one of the most bipartisan bills there is,” Weisel said.
“Our hope is we can mobilize support to show Congress that this bill is a priority. It has to be a priority and it has to get done.”
Weisel discussed why the federal relief programs are so important, the latest on the reauthorization effort, and more on “Closer Look.”
WABE's Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer contributed to this report.