11/19/2021 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act today, which included a $10 billion investment in critical nutrition programs. This legislation would provide nearly 9 million more children with access to a healthy school meal and will expand access to meals in the summer time, which aligns with the Academy's child nutrition priorities. The bill will also support infrastructure to senior nutrition programs. The Academy calls on the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass this legislation.
Now is the time to invest in nutrition programs—an essential step to address long-standing and ongoing racial and ethnic health disparities, including those heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Improving access to healthy foods for children and seniors will continue to be a top priority for the Academy.
To learn more about the Academy's policy and advocacy efforts on nutrition security and to make your voice heard, Academy members are invited to attend the Academy's Nutrition Security Affinity Group monthly meetings. Learn more and to register for the next meeting on Wednesday, December 1 from 3-4 p.m. (Central Time).