- Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:04
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) is a proud cosponsor of H.R. 4249, the Helping Hungry Students Learn Act, introduced by Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). This legislation is a 365 day approach to addressing childhood hunger on school days, during the summer and on weekends.
“Combating childhood hunger is a top priority for me. It is tragic that nearly 16 million American children struggle with being food deficient on a regular basis,” said Rep. Vargas. “The Helping Hungry Students Learn Act is a necessary step towards ensuring that all children have access to the nutritious meals they need and deserve.”
On average, students who eat school breakfast achieve 17.5 percent higher scores on standardized math tests, and attend 1.5 more days of school per year than those who do not. Students who attend class regularly are 20 percent more likely to graduate from high school. As such, federal programs play an important role in addressing childhood hunger and helping students succeed. In 2013, 21 million students participated in the free or reduced-price lunch program and eleven million participated in the free or reduced-price breakfast program. Three million low-income children received free meals during the summer months.
“Children who face chronic hunger not only suffer from health issues, but also tend to exhibit higher levels of behavioral, emotional, and academic problems. We cannot continue to allow hunger to stand in the way of our students’ success,” said Rep. Vargas. “Our children are counting on us to fight for them and give them the tools they need to thrive.”