Proposed: End Child Hunger Act (Small Government Version)
We, the Citizens of America, ask that the 535 Members of Congress choose, of their own conscious, to begin a national conversation on how to significantly reduce the existence of child hunger in America to acceptable levels by December 31, 2020. We define an acceptable level to be 10% within the population of each elementary school.The By2015:AMERICA Movement presents the following suggestions to begin this national conversation.
1) Mandated Universal Breakfast and Lunch across the Nation. This makes available over $1 trillion in federal money to States for school districts. It is already written into federal law that this money must be spent on janitors, cafeteria workers and building maintenance.
2) Employ persons to serve in the school from the neighborhood where the school is. The jobs created by the (new) federal money need to be filled by local persons, meaning those persons who reside in the neighborhoods where the schools are. If qualified persons do not exist inside the neighborhood, we ask that barriers to employment (such as a criminal past) be eliminated and a training program be instituted.
3) Implement an Urban Farming Initiative. The food served to the children in each school must come from local/urban farmers by 2020. The jobs created by these contracts must come from the neighborhoods where the schools reside.
4) Institute on-site cooking. Food served the children of America must be cooked inside the schools where it is served by 2020.
5) Remove Corporate America from Schools. Termination of all contracts inside school districts which promote national chained processed foods, such as Doritos or Taco Bell.
6) Food Stamps for Healthy Food. Introduction of legislation on the State level (State by State) forbidding food stamps be spent on “junk food.”
The following information is supporting documentation for proposal number one.
The Breakfast Scorecard published in January 2013 by the Food Research and Action Center. “The School Breakfast Program is funded by the federal government through per meal reimbursements. The amount the school is reimbursed for each meal depends on whether a student qualifies for free, reduced-price, or paid meals. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools received $1.51 per free breakfast, $1.21 per reduced-price breakfast, and $0.27 per paid breakfast. “Severe need” schools qualify for an additional 29 cents for each free or reduced-price breakfast served. Schools are considered severe need if at least 40 percent of the lunches served during the second preceding school year were free or reduced-price. ” http://frac.org/pdf/Scorecard_SY2011-2012.pdf
FRAC continues with the suggestion to implement MANDATED participation in the School Breakfast program in every school nation-wide. “Mandating school breakfast at the state level: State laws requiring schools to offer breakfast have been instrumental in closing the gap between the number of schools that operate a school lunch program but fail to offer school breakfast. In total, 27 states mandate school breakfast in some form, with some states requiring all public schools to offer the School Breakfast Program, and others states requiring the program in schools with a certain percentage of free or reduced-price certified students. And, as the aftermath of the recession has led to more children qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, more and more schools are now exceeding these thresholds, increasing the effectiveness of these mandates and bringing more schools into the program.”