AFSCME-Led Child Care Nutrition Bill Introduced
Thanks to the strong efforts of AFSCME Council 75 and VOICE CSEA, Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) joined together to introduce the bipartisan Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act (H.R. 3886). The bill expands access to nutritious meals for young children in childcare. The bill also provides practical steps to improve the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), including allowing an additional healthy meal or snack for children in care for a full day, authorizing a Department of Agriculture review, issuing new guidelines to ensure fair and reasonable compliance, adding an appeals process, and reducing parent, provider and sponsor paperwork. AFSCME strongly supports the bill. AFSCME is also working towards including the third meal and other administrative improvements in the pending Child Nutrition Reauthorization. That legislation may see Senate committee action in the next few weeks.