Al Lawson’s Let’s Feed America Campaign
Participation in SNAP, school lunch and breakfast, the Women Infants, and Children program (WIC) and other food assistance programs can lead to improvements in math and reading comprehension for school children, along with higher earning power later in life. The Children’s Health Watch found that children who receive adequate nutrition are more likely to excel and contribute in the classroom than children who are hungry. Food assistance programs allow low-income families to spend more of their money on other necessities such as healthcare, transportation, childcare, and education related expenses.
As of 2015, just under 40 percent of SNAP recipients in Florida are children—totaling 1.4 million kids throughout 700,000 households. And in the 5th Congressional District, 55 percent of families on SNAP have children, while Florida schools serve 1.3 million students free and reduced lunch throughout the academic year. I believe that adequate nutrition supports the next generation of Americans at the most critical time in their development.
I am working to ensure that no child, particularly in Florida’s 5th Congressional District goes hungry, and here are a number of steps I have taken, to make sure every child has access to adequate food and nutrition:
- Congressman Lawson fights to improve nutrition, access to food in schools – WCTV Tallahassee.
- National School Breakfast Week visit to Fairview Middle School with United States Department of Agriculture, Southeast Regional Administrator – Tallahassee, Florida
- Rep. Lawson is an original cosponsor for the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2017, Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2017, and the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act.