Mayor Fried Joins Mayor's Alliance to End Childhood Hunger
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (February 7, 2022) - Mayor Dave Fried has joined the "Mayor’s Alliance to End Childhood Hunger."
The National Alliance was launched in 2022 and is a non-partisan coalition working in partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to ensure that every child has the healthy food they need to thrive.
Members pledge to work to end childhood hunger by engaging with community leaders to share ideas and approaches to ensure equitable access to food for all children and to improve utilization of important existing programs such as afterschool and summer meals.
Most recently, Mayor Fried joined 64 mayors from 30 different states, including Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, who signed and supported a letter to Congress asking to extend the USDA waiver authority to schools and community organizations so they can maintain their flexibility in offering federal child nutrition programs such as summer and afterschool meals to ensure vulnerable children can continue to access meals and snacks.
On March 7, Mayor Fried orchestrated the delivery of 300 "Kind" bars to Robbinsville's three public schools to kick off "National School Breakfast Week" (photo, right).
The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger appreciates Congress' ongoing efforts to help the millions of children who rely on federal child nutrition programs as a daily source of nutrition. At the start of the pandemic, Congress provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the authority to issue nationwide child nutrition waivers to ensure that children would continue to have access to healthy meals despite COVID-19 related disruptions and safety precautions.
Child nutrition waivers has given community organizations and school nutrition providers critical flexibilities that have:
● Supported families who needed to pick up multiple meals at a time in one location as they returned to work or faced transportation challenges.
● Allowed for social distancing protocols through grab-and-go meal distribution or delivery.
● Ensured that children who need meals are getting nutritious food as families continue to struggle economically through the pandemic.
● Helped school nutrition providers support a return to "normal" in-person learning with the flexibility to implement safety precautions and overcome supply chain and labor disruptions
Child nutrition programs play a critical role in helping kids learn, stay healthy, and thrive. Again, we urge Congress to act now by extending USDA's waiver authority so that schools and community organizations have ample time to ensure that no child struggles to find their next meal.