WASHINGTON – Representative James P. McGovern this morning led an effort to urge House lawmakers to reauthorize Child Nutrition Programs this year, and he was joined by a special guest: celebrity chef Rachael Ray.
Another guest who joined him? Bill Brady, a chef from the Sonoma Restaurant in Princeton, Mass.
The effort is to reauthorize nutrition programs that provide food and meals through school lunch programs, as well as others that help provide food for children and families living in poverty.
“The face of hunger in this nation is not the swollen bellies and sunken eyes we see in other countries,” McGovern, a Worcester Democrat and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, said at a press conference outside the Capitol. “It’s the little kid in Worcester, Massachusetts, who dreads a snow day because his school lunch is the only nutritious meal he gets.”
“Look, I know these are difficult budgetary times,” he added. “All of us agree that deficit reduction is essential. But we must not try to balance the budget on the backs of hungry children.”
Joining McGovern in leading the effort were representatives Jo Ann Emerson, a Missouri Republican, and Carolyn McCarthy, a New York Democrat. There were 221 bipartisan members who signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressing support for the programs.
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