Praise Fight Against Hunger in Low-Income Families

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Target: Senator Patty Murray

Goal: Praise senator for ensuring children will not go hungry when school is out for the summer.

Millions of American children could be protected from going hungry during their summer break thanks to a bill introduced by Senator Patty Murray. During the school year, low-income children can qualify for a reduced cost or free lunch to ensure that they will not go without food. However, when school is out for the summer, research has shown that hunger for school-aged children increases by 34.2 percent. Patty Murray is trying to change that.

Murray introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act to help fight the hunger that is pervasive during the summer months. The act will help families buy groceries to help replace the meals that children would have received at school.

The bill is based on a pilot program that was extremely successful, reducing hunger by 33 percent. Additionally, there was a tremendous increase in the purchase of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.

Senator Patty Murray is leading the way in the fight to end child hunger. Her bill could positively impact millions of children. Sign this petition to show your enthusiasm and support for a program that could affect so many lives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Patty Murray,

I am writing this letter to you to express my support for the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act. The children of low-income families are often forgotten about, and this act could impact so may lives. Summer is a time for children to explore, relax, and enjoy themselves. It is not a time for children from low-income families to worry about where they will get their next meal from. This act could give millions of children their summer back–something all kids need and deserve.

By helping families buy groceries to help replace meals that children would have gotten at school, you are not only helping to reduce food insecurity, but you are helping families eat healthier as well. The pilot program that your act is based off of showed that families who participated in the program ate more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and significantly less sugary drinks were bought.

Thank you for advocating on behalf of poor families who have to deal with the unfortunate burden of feeding their children when they cannot necessarily afford to do so.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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