Bread Statement on the Summer Nutrition Agreement for Children


Washington, D.C., December 21, 2022 – Bread for the World released the following statement today on the agreement to expand summer nutrition programs for children that was included in the omnibus appropriations bill. The following statement can be attributed to Rev. Eugene Cho, president and CEO of Bread for the World:   

“Bread for the World commends the bipartisan agreement to update and expand summer nutrition programs for children. Most children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year do not have access to meal programs over the summer. In 2019, 80 percent of children who were eligible for summer meals did not access them. Expanding the summer EBT program nationwide and enabling summer meal programs to be more flexible are the simplest and most practical ways to prevent child hunger when school is out, especially for children in rural communities. Bread and its members have advocated for lawmakers to make these improvements a priority. Bread’s 2015 Offering of Letters, as well as recent Advocacy Summits, focused on child nutrition – including summer meals.

“We thank Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Sen. John Boozman for including the expansion of summer nutrition programs in the omnibus appropriations legislation. Bread looks forward to working with Congress on a full child nutrition reauthorization bill.”

Bread for the World is a Christian advocacy organization urging U.S. decision makers to do all they can to pursue a world without hunger

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