Edward Markey

From the office of:

Edward Markey

From: The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
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Date: 9/30/2015

Dear Colleagues:

As we work to ensure the reauthorization of Childhood Nutrition Programs and the strengthening of all nutrition programs, I want to share these words from Donna in Kingston, Pennsylvania:

“My son, who was supposed to have mental and speech delays, has overcome so many obstacles and continues to do well in school.  His success and my other children’s successes are testaments to the impact and benefits of these nutrition assistance programs.  I hope that Congress can see this importance and will continue to put more funding into these programs because they truly are a means of survival for us. “

I share this because people like Donna are the real experts when it comes to the importance and impact of these programs.  Her story, and those of millions from across the country, makes it clear why federal nutrition assistance matters. That is why I am proud to collaborate with “Community Voices” effort, dedicated to lifting up the voices of these real experts as we consider these important policies. Community Voices – a coalition composed of the Center for American Progress, Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, the Coalition on Human Needs, Witnesses to Hunger, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – came together to collect and share personal stories about nutrition assistance programs from across the country, to highlight that hunger and poverty persists all across America.

I am hosting a briefing in collaboration with these organizations to give us a chance to hear directly from the people benefiting from these vital programs at 3:30 p.m. on October 8th in Rayburn HOB Room 338. These “Community Voices” will also be featured in a short book which will include their personal experiences with child nutrition programs currently up for reauthorization, and other nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP. A copy of one of these books will be distributed to your office on October 8th.

As the House and Senate resume work on the reauthorization of these programs, who better to learn from about the benefits of these programs than those with lived experiences, along with their families? I hope you or your staff will join us for this eye-opening educational briefing.


                                                            Rosa DeLauro

                                                            United States Representative