Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Reintroduces Resolution to Support a Universal School Meal & Nutrition Program

May 25, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today reintroduced his legislation to declare the commitment of Congress to our Nation’s students through support of a federal, publically-funded Universal School Meal & Nutrition Program that benefits all students and generations to come. The resolution was introduced on Thursday with 7 original cosponsors.

“As a Nation, we have the obligation to provide each child with the tools and resources they need to learn and succeed,” Nolan said. “As part of that promise to our Nation’s youth, it is our responsibility to expand – not reduce – programs that have had success in improving educational outcomes and furthering our fight against childhood hunger.”

With one in 5 children in Minnesota struggling with hunger, Nolan’s resolution supports a federal and publically-funded Universal School Meal & Nutrition Program and recognizes the strides existing programs – such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision – have made towards reducing childhood hunger and improving educational outcomes.

President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal includes enormous cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture – a devastating blow for food assistance programs that protect America’s children from hunger and malnutrition. Nolan’s resolution affirms that our Nation’s budget must reflect our commitment to the success of future generations and the end of childhood hunger.