OK Childhood Food Security Coalition Policy Agenda

OK Childhood Food Security Coalition
Policy Agenda (2021-2022)

The Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition will increase awareness of and access to nourishing meals for children across the state of Oklahoma. One way the Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition will achieve this is through meaningful engagement, advocacy, and education for stakeholders and policymakers. The Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition supports the below policies for the Federal Child Nutrition Programs* and Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Federal

  • Support the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.
  • Support legislation that enables children who are in kinship care to be eligible for free lunch.
  • Reduce regulatory and administrative burdens for child nutrition programs and WIC.
  • Support nationwide summer EBT authorization.
  • Support administrative flexibility of anti-hunger programs.
  • Retain nutritional integrity of the child nutrition and WIC programs.
  • Support policies that effectively expand access to nutritious foods and incentivize healthier choices.
  • Support outreach efforts to immigrant communities about child nutrition programs as they relate to the public charge rule.

State

  • Protect and sustain budgets of government agencies that provide services to the most vulnerable.
  • Support investment in system modernization for state agencies in order to serve clients more efficiently.
  • Support maximum program flexibility through use of administrative waivers.
  • Support policies that effectively expand access to nutritious foods and incentivize healthier choices.
  • Support policies that address the intersection of hunger and health, like promoting nutrition education and increasing utilization of nutrition assistance programs.
  • Streamline application process for children and families to the child nutrition and WIC programs.
  • Ensure full use of federal child nutrition programs, like summer meal programs.
  • Ensure emergency relief funds prioritize hunger relief activities.

*The Federal Child Nutrition Programs include, but are not limited to: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP and CACFP At-risk), Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (Summer EBT), Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT), and Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

For questions, please contact:

Jessica Dietrich
Director of Government Relations & Public Policy
Hunger Free Oklahoma
Jessica.dietrich@hungerfreeok.org

Bailey Perkins Wright
Advocacy & Public Policy Director
Oklahoma Food Banks
Bwright@rfbo.org

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