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Support Child Nutrition Programs

With Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Congress has an opportunity to improve access to quality, nutritious meals for millions of low-income children in child care, school, out-of-school time, on weekends, during the summer, and at home.

The successful, cost-effective U.S. federal nutrition programs play a critical role in helping children in low-income families achieve access to quality nutrition, child care, educational and enrichment activities while improving their overall health, development, and school achievement.

In Arizona, federal child nutrition programs provide

  • 296,679 breakfast meals to students each school day
  • 637,280 lunch meals to students each school day
  • 5 million meals and snacks to children in child care and afterschool programs in 2014
  • 1,902,091 million meals during the summer to children in 2014
  • 153,380 low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 with nutritious foods monthly

The Arizona Child Nutrition Coalition is comprised of organizations that include Arizona Child Care Association, Arizona Head Start Association, Arizona Local Agency WIC Association, Association for Supportive Child Care, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, National Farm to School Network – Arizona, School Nutrition Association of Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and United Food Bank. It also includes the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, Arizona Community Action Association, Association of Arizona Food Banks, Children’s Action Alliance, Pinnacle Prevention, Valley of the Sun United Way, and World Hunger Education Advocacy & Training (WHEAT), and collectively represents 65,000 children and families throughout Arizona.

As Congress considers Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Arizona Child Nutrition Coalition members look forward to sharing our expertise and commitment to these key priorities:

The Arizona Child Nutrition Coalition will be sharing how child nutrition programs work, mobilizing our respective networks to advance our shared priorities, engaging the media to raise awareness of child nutrition efforts, and advocating to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation for Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

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