(JTA) — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs encouraged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a child nutrition funding act before its August recess.
The House Committee on Education and Labor approved the act on July 15 in a 32-13 vote, and it will now be considered by the full body. The bill reauthorizes funding that would improve the quality of school-based food programs and make more students eligible to receive them.
“It is incredibly important that Congress continues to take steps to ensure these programs are fully funded and our nation’s most vulnerable children have access to those programs that can most benefit them,” said JCPA Chair Conrad Giles and President Rabbi Steve Gutow in a statement. “Time is running out and Congress must act as soon as possible.”
JCPA’s “There Shall be no Needy Among You” initiative aims to eliminate poverty in the U.S. It was launched in 2007 to help advance legislation and programs that provide food, shelter, work and education to those who need them.