Academy Member Highlights Importance of Federal Nutrition Programs During Congressional Hearing

07/28/2021 - Academy Member and School Nutrition Specialist Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND, provided testimony during today's U.S. House of Representatives' Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee hearing "Food for Thought: Examining Federal Nutrition Programs for Young Children and Infants."

During her remarks, Turner shared her experience as a nutritionist for U.S. Army Child and Youth Services at Fort Meade in Maryland, focusing on the need to strengthen critical nutrition programs such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program to address root causes of health disparities, which have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization is a crucial opportunity for Congress to take the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to strengthen and expand the reach of child nutrition programs that provide an integrated system of nutrition support and are a critical line of defense against food insecurity for millions of America's children.

Read more about the Academy's recommendations for Child Nutrition Reauthorization.