Nick Moe Joins The Juneau Hunger Strike
Dear Fellow Alaskans,
My name is Nick Moe. I am born and raised in Alaska and a proud graduate of East High School (Anchorage). This is day 17 (Feb. 23, 2012) of my hunger-strike of one meal a day (soup and bread) and I now weigh 14 pounds less.
I am fasting in solidarity with Kokayi Nosakhere who is doing a complete fast and hasn’t eaten for 17 days. Nosakhere is leading the By2015:AMERICA Movement and is currently advocating in Juneau, Alaska on behalf of 52,000 hungry Alaskan children.
I too am fasting to raise awareness of Senate Bill 3, the school meals legislation that is currently stuck in the House Finance Committee. This bill would give 15 cents more per school lunch and 35 cents more for school breakfasts to expand the meals served to students who need them. From a policy perspective, this bill would also give school districts greater purchasing power to buy healthy local.y grown Alaskan produce. Alaska is one of 12 states that contributes no money to school meals. Currently the school meals program is funded by parents, school districts and the Federal Government.
It is time for the House Finance Committee to step up and help feed the 52,000 children who go hungry every day. It is time for the House Finance Co-Chairmen to step up and give school districts the tools needed to bring healthy local produce to students’ plates. It is time for Representative Bill Stoltze to stop playing politics and schedule Senate Bill 3 for a hearing. It’s not only his constitutional responsibility to maximize Alaska’s resources for the benefit all Alaskans, but it is his responsibility to allow the public process to move forward. Even if he doesn’t like the legislation, Rep. Stoltz needs to schedule Senate Bill 3 for a hearing and allow his colleagues the opportunity to vote on this critical issue for Alaska’s children.
Please call or email Representative Stoltze and ask him to move the public process forward on Senate Bill 3 and schedule a hearing. Email: Representative_Bill_Stoltze@legis.state.ak.us Phone: 907-465-4958.
Thank you for your time and for acting on behalf of 52,000 Alaskan children.