Congressional leaders reintroduce the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) reintroduced the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act. This legislation gives tribes the authority to directly administer critical Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, and increases access to nutritious food for Native children. U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) and Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) also introduced companion legislation in the house.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition applauds these lawmakers for empowering tribal governments to feed their people and ensure that Native children don't go hungry. Native children are at a higher risk of hunger and nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes and obesity because of the limited accesss to affordable, nutritious food in Indian Country. By giving tribes the authority to administer Child Nutrition Programs, they can improve access to consistent and adequate nutrition.

Read the full text of the bill here .