Shea-Porter Amendment Increases Children's Access to Summer Foods Programs

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House Education and Labor Committee passed legislation to reauthorize the federal child nutrition programs. Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s provision establishes a support grant program aimed at reducing access barriers to the Summer Food Service Program. The amendment passed by a voice vote in Committee on Wednesday.

“While summer provides our children the opportunity to take a break from their classes, they do not get to take a break from hunger,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “We know that there are certain barriers to access that rural communities must overcome.  My amendment will help fund the additional supports that states need in order to address these barriers. These supports range from increased technical assistance, to additional transportation costs that rural providers face.”

The bill will now go to the House floor for a full vote.