In a blog post published on August 31, 2022, the American Federation for State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) noted that the White House’s announcement “that it will hold the first conference on hunger, nutrition and health in more than half a century on Sept. 28 shines a light on another glaring issue – Congress has failed to update federal child nutrition programs in a decade.”

There are currently two bills that Congress should take action on: S.1270, the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and H.R.8450, the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, which was marked up and reported out of the House Committee on Education and Labor. Both of these bills make necessary improvements to child nutrition laws.