Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack testified Thursday before the House Education and Labor Committee on the pending legislation to reform and reauthorize USDA's Child Nutrition Programs and Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Vilsack urged the Committee to continue its work and act quickly and forcefully on the legislation in order to provide every child with the healthy meals that are important to their health and education. He says a strong bill that reduces child hunger and improves the quality of school meals and the health of the school environment must be passed this year in order to support U.S. children.
Vilsack says it's important to take steps to streamline access, improve the quality of school meals, increase participation and work to eliminate childhood hunger in the nation. He states the health of the U.S. - of the economy, communities and national security - depends on the health of U.S. children. He says the country won't succeed if the children aren't learning as they should because they are hungry and can't achieve their dreams because they are unhealthy.