- May 17, 2020
Dear Senator Ted Cruz
DearSenator Ted Cruz
Iam writing to you to express my opposition to the House Subcommitteeon the Chairman Rokita’s bill on Early Childhood, Elementary, andSecondary Education. The legislation is advocating for thereauthorization of the programs on childhood nutrition, the ImprovingChild Nutrition, and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003). The Bill hasseveral provisions that would roll back the progress that has beenmade in the country as regards to nutrition.
Theprogram would hinder young people especially from the low-incomefamilies to access nutritious food that supports growth, health andimproved learning. The meals that these children would obtain uponthe enactment of the bill would be less nutritious. I am a student,and most of my teammates are from some of the high-poverty schools. Ifear that my colleagues would be unhealthy upon being subjected tosuch less nutritious foods. Additionally, I am worried that theirlearning institutions’ visions would be hampered. The schools areattempting to ensure self-reliance as far as tackling the issue offeeding is concerned. They are also working had to ensure that theyare complying with the set standard requirements for nutritiousmeals.
Thebill negatively affects the Community Eligibility Provision. It is anoption to the federal government that minimizes the administrativework and boosts access to school breakfasts and lunch in high-povertylearning institutions. The provision is in the second year of itsimplementation.
Thebill also, proposes to diminish substantially the number ofinstitutions that are qualified for the implementation of theCommunity Eligibility Program (CEP). Thus, the bill will terminatethe program for more than seven thousand institutions that arecurrently participating in the effort.
Nonetheless,approximately eleven thousand high-poverty institutions are notparticipating but are eligible under the current statute. They wouldlose the option to implement public eligibility in coming years. Forinstance, in Illinois, there are 253 institutions that are alreadyinvolved in the CEP. They would lose the program in addition to morethan one hundred and twenty students who would experience a decreasedin access to healthy meals.
Moreover,the bill dramatically complicates the verification requirements forthe application of school meals. It does so in a manner thatinevitably makes the eligible pupils lose the previous access toreduced-price or free school food. The proposal would cause anincrease in the number of household applications which have to beverified by many school districts.
Accordingly,it would create an unnecessary burden on families and the learninginstitutions. Furthermore, several vulnerable families, for instance,the homeless, immigrants and those that experience limitedproficiency in the national language would be particularly likely tobe dissolved in the process. They would lose the access to the schoolmeals despite being eligible. Besides, contrary to the well discussedbipartisan Senate stand on the standards of nutrition in schools, thebill would deteriorate the evidence-based nutrition standards. Thus,it interferes with children’s health.
Nonetheless,most of the district schools are reported to be attaining the updatedminimum required expectations as far as nutrition and quality ofmeals are concerned. A large number of these institutions areintegrating whole grains, minimal salt, lots of fruits and aconsiderable amount of vegetables. Additionally, there is theinclusion of healthier beverages and controlled amount of snacks.
Researchersfrom the Harvard University recently indicated that there had been animprovement in the nutrition standards as regards to school meals.They suggested that it would be one of the significant steps in theeradication of obesity in recent decades. These advancements areestimated to have prevented more than two million childhood obesityissues and saved more than seven hundred million dollars inhealth-related costs in the country over a decade. The proposed billalso neglects those children who are not in the school system. Itineffectively invests in the summer and child care food. Whenconsidering young ones in child care, it does not reflect thesignificance of the provision encompassed in the Senate Bill. Thelegislature permits care centers for children the option of servingan additional snack while caring for more than nine hours.
Conclusively,I humbly request you, Senator Ted Cruz, to oppose the EarlyChildhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education bill which include theprogram for children, Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of2016 (H.R. 5003). I do not support it, and I certainly believe thatit does not lay out an appropriate path through which thereauthorization process can accelerate and benefit many young peoplewho are in need of help from the food program. I fear that the billinstead will minimize access to beneficial programs. It will alsoincrease the issue of food insecurity and deteriorate nutrition forchildren as well as their health. Additionally, I believe that itwill exacerbate the issues that the program was meant to tackle.Thus, I urge the Senator and the Congress at large to reconsiderthese provisions.
Chauvenet,C., & Taillie, L. S. (2016). ACall to Oppose the Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016(HR 5003).
Chauvenetand Taillie (2016) stipulates that the legislation is inappropriatefor child’s growth. They call for it to be rejected in the Congressand allow parents and other care centers mandated to take care ofchildren continue ensuring proper nutrition for these young people.The two claim that it is going to overwrite many existing childrenprograms that try to fight obesity among children to be ineffective.In their conclusion, they plead with the legislators to disregard themotion.