Rep. Fudge Votes for Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Rep. Fudge Votes for Child Nutrition Reauthorization; Says SNAP Cuts Must Never Occur Aagain

Washington, DC– After serious deliberation and a meeting with White House officials, on December 2nd Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH11)  voted for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307). After the vote, Congresswoman Fudge released the following statement.

“Today Congress committed to creating a culture of health in our schools. We committed to keeping hunger out of our classrooms. We committed to stamping out child obesity in a generation. Today is a good day.

“The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act earnestly begins the conversation on what it takes to create a culture of health in our schools. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I was proud to be a part of structuring the House’s version.

“The next time I go visit the smiling kids at Anton Grdina Elementary School, or my alma-mater Shaker Heights High School, I hope to see a better balanced meal on student lunch trays, and that will make me proud.

“I remain concerned, however, that we have ‘robbed Peter to pay Paul’.

“The final version of the bill includes language, added in the Senate, which pays for better school meals by cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“I am encouraged by President Obama’s commitment to work with Congress to replace this offset before these SNAP cuts take place.

“Make no mistake, taking food stamp money in the midst of a recession must never happen again. We have taken all we can from the surplus, including $2.2 billion, to fund child nutrition reauthorization, and the remaining funds must be untouched.

“As the recession has changed our economic landscape, the faces of food stamp recipients have changed as well. We’re seeing a larger number of suburban Americans experiencing poverty as well as a large number of two parent families. Food stamp recipients in Cuyahoga County have increased by 25 percent since 2007. Of those recipients, 32 percent are kids.

“Moreover, SNAP money helps more than just kids. Seniors, the disabled, and families in need all rely on food stamps to help make ends meet during these tough times. In Cuyahoga County, 18 percent of all folks use food stamps. We cannot, in good conscience, take another dime from them.”

Congresswoman Fudge’s Childhood Obesity Biography

Congresswoman Fudge is a recipient of the 2010 Champion for Children Award from the Campaign to End Obesity, for her work on eradicating child obesity. She was also the lead sponsor on the Congressional resolution designating September 2010 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, founder of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity, and led the 2010 Congressional Childhood Obesity Briefing Series. She recently unveiled the Fit for L.I.F.E. Act of 2010, which is the first comprehensive bill addressing childhood obesity in underserved communities (i.e. low-income, rural and Native-American communities).