STATEMENT: No Kid Hungry’s Bill Shore on President Obama’s FY14 Budget
“Providing kids with healthy meals improves academic achievement, health, and economic prosperity.”
Contact: Christy Felling
April 11, 2013
Washington D.C. -- In his budget proposal released this week, President Barack Obama restored funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and strengthened other federal nutrition programs that combat childhood hunger in America.
Share Our Strength founder and CEO Billy Shore released the following statement:
“President Obama’s FY2014 budget proposal continues the Administration’s commitment to the programs that help fight child hunger including SNAP, WIC, and school meals. With one in five kids at risk of hunger in America today, and nearly 47 million Americans (including 23 million children) participating in SNAP (formerly food stamps) , this budget will help make sure that children can get healthy food where they live, learn, and play, even when their families have fallen on hard times.
As Congress begins to consider the Farm Bill, this budget proposal sets a crucial precedent about the importance of investing in federal nutrition programs because providing kids with healthy meals improves academic achievement, health, and economic prosperity.
These federal nutrition programs are the key to ending childhood hunger in the United States, and I commend President Obama for his continued commitment to protecting federal nutrition programs and ensuring we don’t balance our nation’s budget on the backs of kids.”
- For more information on efforts to end childhood hunger in America or to speak to Billy Shore, contact Christy Felling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.649.4340
- For further details about the FY2014 budget proposal’s effect on hunger policies, read “President Obama’s Budget Proposal,” by Bill Shore.
About SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.