Letter to the editor: Urge Congress to help kids

Posted 5/11/21

Urge Congress to help kids As we look back at Mother’s Day, I reflect on how hard mothers have worked during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for their children. Unfortunately, too many moms are still …

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Letter to the editor: Urge Congress to help kids

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Urge Congress to help kids

As we look back at Mother’s Day, I reflect on how hard mothers have worked during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for their children.

Unfortunately, too many moms are still struggling to provide nourishing food for their kids. I facilitate a food program based in Littleton, delivering nourishing food weekly to 21 families in the vicinity. This program coordinates with local schools, which have reported children are often too hungry to focus during class time. Programs like the one I am involved in are a critical support to moms and children, but are not enough.

This year, Congress can go a long way in supporting mothers and kids by making the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) work better. While WIC provides vital nutrition to millions of low-income moms and young children, only half of those eligible for WIC actually participate. That’s why our policymakers must take advantage of the opportunity to improve and modernize WIC through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) currently being discussed in Congress. With wise investments in modernization, the program will have greater reach and help ensure children and mothers can access nutritional food.

Join Save the Children Action Network and me in supporting mothers by urging Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper to vote in favor of WIC modernizations in the CNR.

Let’s ensure that moms, infants and young children can access the critical nutrition and health services they need to thrive.

Mary Carter

Food Bank Ministries

St. James Presbyterian Church

Littleton

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