Nutrition Action Alert
May 3, 2017
In This Issue
Ag Secretary Perdue Acts to Weaken School Meal Nutrition Standards

This week's actions by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to weaken the school meal nutrition standards are a step in the wrong direction when it comes to ensuring the health  and academic success of California students. Secretary Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be rolling back science-based school meal nutrition standards related to sodium, whole grain and flavored milk. 

Read Secretary Perdue's Proclamation. PDF

The  press release  from USDA justifies the weakening of nutrition standards by stating concerns over food waste, program participation, and fiscal viability. These concerns are at odds with a previously released USDA fact sheet that  highlights many successes of implementing the improved school meal nutrition standards as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. 

Read more about the positive results the HHFKA school meal provisions have brought to schools and students. link

Contact:  Anna Colby at  213.482.8200 ext 204
Calls Needed TODAY! AHCA Would Strip Needed Benefits from Low-Income Californians

House Republicans and the White House are pushing hard for a vote tomorrow to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Just as with previous versions, the House bill would strip health coverage from an estimated 24 million mostly low-income and elderly people over the next 10 years, and cause drastic harm to low-income Californians who already struggle to afford other basic necessities like food and housing. 


Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or click here  to contact your Representative.  It is crucial to contact the following California House Republicans who have stated that they are still undecided or have concerns about the impact of the bill on their constituents.  They need to hear from their constituents  TODAY.   Call now and t ell them to vote no on t he AHCA, which will harm millions and millions of people and  drastically worsen health, hunger, and poverty in California.
  • DC office (202) 225-3076 
  • Auburn district office (530) 878-5035 
  • Oroville district office (530) 534-7100
  • Redding district office (530) 223-5898 
  • DC office (202) 225-4540
  • Modesto district office (209) 579-5458 
    • DC office (202) 225-5861
    • Apple Valley district office (760) 247-1815
    • Yucaipa district office (909) 797-4900
    • DC office (202) 225-4695
    • Hanford district office (559) 582-5526
    • Bakersfield district office (661) 864-7736
    • DC office (202) 225-1956
    • Antelope Valley district office (661) 441-0320
    • Santa Clarita Valley district office (661) 255-5630
    • Simi Valley district office (805) 581-7130
    • DC Office (202) 225-4111
    • Brea District Office (714) 255-0101
    • Los Angeles County District Office (626) 964-5123
    • DC office (202) 225-3906
    • Vista district office (760) 599.5000
    • Dana Point district office (949) 281-2449
    Contact: Melissa Cannon at 510.433.1122 ext 102
    Hunger Action Day is May 24th in Sacramento!

    Each May, anti-hunger advocates from all over the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and support anti-hunger legislation. Advocates, soup kitchen volunteers, nutritionists, food bank supporters, and others concerned about the millions of Californians experiencing hunger travel by bus, car, and plane each year to participate in this important event. This year's Hunger Action Day will be held on Wednesday, May 24th.

    Hunger Action Day is sponsored by the California Hunger Action Coalition (CHAC),  a broad-based membership organization of volunteers united in the belief that access to adequate, nutritious and safe food is a fundamental human right. 

    Learn more about Hunger Action Day and how to participate. link

    Access the 2017 Hunger Action Day Policy Agenda. PDF

    Contact:  Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
    Call for Presenter Proposals: Child Care Food Program Roundtable Annual Conference

    The Child Care food Program (CCFP) Roundtable's Annual Conference is one of the most important CACFP gatherings of the year. Whether you are a newcomer to the field or an experienced professional, the conference is a great opportunity to help advance our shared work on behalf of CACFP children during their most critical period of development and learning!

    APPLY TO PARTICIPATE AS A SPEAKERS/PRESENTER: All applications should be submitted electronically using the online form. You may submit more than one application, but submit only one session proposal per application. The new deadline for these proposals is May 15, 2017The Child Care Food Program Roundtable Conference Committee will announce selections by July 1, 2017.

    This year's theme, Nutrition at its Peak, will highlight the historic rollout of the healthy new menu patterns throughout the program, a unique chance to achieve new heights in nutrition for thousands of kids every day. Join us for a stimulating and inspiring learning and sharing opportunity.

    Click here to apply to present at the conference. link

    Click here for general conference info. link

    Contact:  Elyse Homel Vitale at  510.433.1122 ext 206
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