10/29/2021 - Yesterday, the White House released the newly negotiated Build Back Better Framework expected to be voted on in Congress over the next few weeks. The Academy commends the significant support for nutrition programs outlined in this framework and applauds the efforts of U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (Va.) and David Scott (Ga.) and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) for championing many of these investments. If passed, this bill would:
- Increase access to free, healthy school meals for nearly 9 million more children for school years 2022 through 2026
- Expand the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program to prevent hunger while school is out for summers 2023 and 2024
- Support school kitchen equipment and nutrition education as well as infrastructure for Older Americans Act congregate and home-delivered meals programs
- Invest $2 billion in food and agriculture research
The Academy supports policies that would address long-standing and ongoing racial and ethnic health disparities, including those heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposals in this framework, while not as comprehensive as the House of Representative's Committee on Education and Labor provisions, would significantly increase access to healthy food and help establish and maintain healthy eating habits, critical strategies to support healthy equity.
To learn more about the Academy's policy and advocacy efforts on nutrition security and get involved, Academy members are invited to attend the Academy's Nutrition Security Affinity Group monthly meetings. Register here for the next meeting on Wednesday, November 3 from 3-4 p.m. (Central Time)