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August 13, 2009

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched  a joint effort to improve child nutrition in New York, and across the country. To kick off this initiative, Senator Gillibrand will introduce the Lowering Urban Nutrition Costs for Healthy Eating at Schools (LUNCHES) Act, federal legislation to ensure that more children in high cost areas like New York City have access to free and nutritious school meals. In addition, the City Council is organizing a coalition of urban leaders from around the country to lobby Congress for five key improvements to the Child Nutrition Act.

The lawmakers were joined by a coalition of government leaders and child nutrition advocates, including Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Tom Duane, and NYCCAH’s Executive Director, Joel Berg.

“President Obama will need plenty of help at the federal, state, and local levels to reach his courageous goal of wiping out child hunger in America by 2015,” said Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. “That’s why I am so happy that Senator Gillibrand, Speaker Quinn, and the others involved in this announcement are providing such strong leadership in proposing important improvements to the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill in order to move us towards that vital goal.”

Speaker Quinn will also introduce a resolution later this month in support of the plan.

“The City Council has been working with the Bloomberg Administration to fight two of the biggest challenges facing our city — hunger and obesity. I’m proud to now be partnering with Senator Gillibrand, and leaders frmo around the country, on this package of common sense changes to the Child Nutrition Act. By making a few key improvements, we’ll be able to provide free meals to tens of thousands of additional students. We can make it easier for children, infants, and pregnant mothers to enroll in meal programs, and improve the nutrition level of food we serve in our schools.”

For full press release, click here.

To read more about NYCCAH’s involvement with ending child hunger click here.

To get involved, click here.

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