Resolution on the Expansion of Summer Food Service Program

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments representing state, provincial and territorial policy leaders urge the support of S.790 and make certain that all states and territories in the nation have access to this necessary service to low-income children in our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all members of Congress serving on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the commissioners of agriculture of U.S. states and territories.
 

NOTE: This resolution has expired.

Download the PDF Version
All Resolutions Passed at the 2007 Spring Meeting

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States has crafted S.790, a bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to permit the simplified summer food programs, to be carried out in all States and territories and by all service institutions; and

WHEREAS, this bill sponsored by Senators Lugar, Kennedy & Chambliss would expand The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture to all states; and

WHEREAS, the SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast; and

WHEREAS, millions of children depend on nutritious meals and snacks are free or reduced-price meals and snacks at school for 9 months out of the year, just a fraction of them receive the free meals and snacks provided by the SFSP during the summer months; and

WHEREAS, SFSP is the single largest Federal source of funding available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding and summer activity program; and

WHEREAS, currently only one-half of the states are involved in this program; and

WHEREAS, each day, more than 30,000,000 children participate in Federal school meal programs; and

WHEREAS, more than 1/2 of those children receive free or reduced price meals due to low household income; and

WHEREAS, the SFSP sponsors receive payments for serving healthy meals and snacks to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger, at approved sites in low-income areas. Schools, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply to sponsor the program; and

WHEREAS, research shows a direct relationship between healthy eating and academic achievement - studies have shown a link between low-income children eating breakfast and higher test scores; and

WHEREAS, the legislation would allow SFSP sites to serve up to three reimbursable meals (breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner); currently, a site can serve more than 2 meals only if it is a "camp" site; and

WHEREAS, this is not just an economic and social issue, but also a health issue; and

WHEREAS, recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys have made a clear connection between hunger and obesity; and

WHEREAS, the most nutritious foods tend to be the most expensive, causing low income families to choose cheaper foods that are higher in sugar and fat; and

WHEREAS, skipping meals to stretch the food budget dollar leads to obesity; and

WHEREAS, access to safe play areas and playgrounds in low income areas is difficult; hindering physical activity and exercise for growing children; and

WHEREAS, without intervention we are compounding the childhood obesity epidemic and creating a future generation of overweight and unhealthy adults; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments representing state, provincial and territorial policy leaders urge the support of S.790 and make certain that all states and territories in the nation have access to this necessary service to low-income children in our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all members of Congress serving on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the commissioners of agriculture of U.S. states and territories.

Adopted this 13th Day of June, 2007 at the CSG Spring National Committee and Task Force Meetings In Puerto Rico
 

AttachmentSize
SummerFoodServiceResolution.pdf34.07 KB