Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and three other House Democrats introduced legislation last week that would expand school lunch programs for low-income children to weekends and holidays. Titus plans to roll out the legislation at a Thursday event with area business leaders in her Las Vegas district.
The Weekends Without Hunger Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Marsha Fudge (D-OH), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Terri Sewell (D-AL), is aimed at providing more nutritional assistance to the children who need it most, according to a release from Titus’ office:
While school meals help keep children healthy and ready to learn during days that school is in session, there is currently no targeted Federal child nutrition program available to provide these children with food during the weekend or extended holidays when they do not have access to school meals. Vacation from school should not mean hunger for children.
Efforts to expand school nutrition programs have paled in comparison to efforts to cut them in recent years. House Republicans like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) have targeted the nutrition standards in school lunch programs, while House GOP budgets have repeatedly slashed the programs in the last three years. Last year’s House budget, for instance would have knocked 280,000 children off of the school lunch program.