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Senate Proceeding on Aug 5th, 2010 :: 9:35:50 to 9:47:20
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Sherrod Brown

9:35:50 to 9:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: time. and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: unanimous consent to address the house for -- address the senate for up to ten minutes as if in morning the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i rise to express strong support

Sherrod Brown

9:35:50 to 9:47:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

9:36:12 to 9:36:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and to echo the comments of the two -- the previous speaker before senator landrieu, senator casey, strong support for the healthy hunger-free kids act of 2010. chairwoman lincoln has led the reauthorization efforts, chairing hearings of the agriculture committee, on which i sit, and speaking eloquently in this chamber about what's at stake inhe healthy hunger-free kids act.

Sherrod Brown

9:36:33 to 9:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the health and well-being of our nation's children, it goes without saying, has a direct effect on the health and well-being of our nation. our economic security depends on a strong and capable work force. our national security depends on a highly skilled and physically fit military. in fact, when president truman signed the national school lunch act, laying the foundation for president johnson to sign the

Sherrod Brown

9:36:55 to 9:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: child nutrition act of 1966, he did so at the request of our military leaders, who saw firsthand the malnutrition plaguing so many of o soldiers, especially rural soldiers, white and black alike, in world war ii. when congress passed the national school lunch act in 1946, it said, "it's hereby declared to be the policy of the country as a measure of national

Sherrod Brown

9:37:16 to 9:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: security to safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's children." today our military leaders once again support the child nutrition act and have joined with hunger and nutrition advocates to urge congress to pass this critical legislation. so, too, are educators and business leaders and health care providers, who are worried about the costs of poor nutrition to our economy and to our health

Sherrod Brown

9:37:38 to 9:37:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: care system and the educational development of our children. as senator casey said so well, hungry children simply can't learn, and my guess is there are few, if any, in this chamber who -- who went to school so hungry as kids that they couldn't learn. but it's certainly proven and we know that from observing kids, from talking to children, from watching their performance.

Sherrod Brown

9:37:59 to 9:38:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: study after study indicates that access to healthy, nutritious food is critical obviously to children's health and their ability to learn. yet the stories behind these studies put a real face on the issue of childhood hunger. 20% of ohio children under 18 years of age, 570,000 children -- think of that. one out of five children in a

Sherrod Brown

9:38:21 to 9:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: state -- in a generally wealthy state, in a very wealt country, 20%, one out of five children in my state under 18, 50000 -- more than 500,000 children live in food insecure homes. those numbers are comparable and the presiding officer -- in the presiding officer's state in cities like huntington and charleston and -- and morgantown

Sherrod Brown

9:38:42 to 9:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and beckley and all over his state. too many students nationwide, more than one million children, slip through the cracks, don't receive free or reduced-price lunch they are elible for. in ohio, about 700,000 children are eligible for reduced or free breakfast or lunch. every day that number is significantly fewer than that of those children that actually

Sherrod Brown

9:39:04 to 9:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: receive lunch and breakfast. and understand, too, mr. president, on weekends, in the summer months, those numbers shrink dramatically. there are feeding programs in the summers but only about one out of ten children who are eligible, only about one out of ten who is eligible actually gets those free breakfasts, free lunch, free snacks in those summer months.

Sherrod Brown

9:39:25 to 9:39:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so the effects of poor nutrition reach beyond the boundaries of hunger. it fuels childhood obesity, ironically so, it plagues communities across our nation. that's why this reauthorization is so important. every five years, we have a chance to make the programs and resources available to our children. make them better, make them more effective. this year we did that and the

Sherrod Brown

9:39:46 to 9:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: senate passed it today. the bill would improve the quality of food in the national school lunch program and make sure that who need the help most are actually getting it. each day, some 30 million schoolchildren across the country participate in the national school lunch program from cities as large as cleveland and cincinnati and columbus to rural towns like

Sherrod Brown

9:40:08 to 9:40:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: gallipolis and galions and grafton. each school date number of schoolchildren receiving free or reduced price meals increases as more families struggle with high unemployment and increased poverty. we know that during the extension of unemployment benefits, the number of families that lost their jobs, then lost their unemployment insurance, then lost their health care, then lost their cars in some

Sherrod Brown

9:40:29 to 9:40:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: cases, and in far too many cases lost their homes to foreclosure, that those families even more relied on the school breakfast and lunch program. the reauthorization includes provisions from the hunger-free schools act that senator casey from pennsylvania, senator bennett from colorado and i introduced earlier this year. the legislation would autoenroll

Sherrod Brown

9:40:51 to 9:41:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: eligible children and eliminate duplicative paperwork that costs schools and families valuable time. and in too many kids' cases, access to healthy school meals. it would allow eligible schools in high-poverty areas to serve universal free school lunch and breakfast. in ohio, an estimated 432 schools enrolling more than 150,000 students could opt into

Sherrod Brown

9:41:12 to 9:41:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: this program. so making this part of the reauthorization absolutely matters to -- to embrace more children in these programs. the bill's about reaching the very children, the neediest and most vulnerable that we should have been reaching in the first place. the reauthorization would also expand the afterschool meal program and the summer food

Sherrod Brown

9:41:33 to 9:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: program which play critical roles in child development outside the classroom. we know that particularly young children, that if they're not eating right their development is -- is strong, healthy, intelligent human beings is significantly arrested. less than 10% of ohio's schoolchildren -- eligible schoolchildren receive summer nutrition assistance, as issued.

Sherrod Brown

9:41:57 to 9:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in rural afternoon laich a -- in rural appalachia, across the river from the presiding officer's state, the numbers are fewer and far between. the numbers aren't good enough in cleveland, they're not good enough in youngstown, they're even worse in malta and mcconnellsville and pomeroy and piketon and especially in the even more rural areas like coal ton and jackson county

Sherrod Brown

9:42:20 to 9:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and -- coleton and jackson coot county and coolton and where areas are even hard to her reach. by strengthening summer program we ensure children have nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack during the summer months. it's a key ingredient in keeping healthy children -- children healthy, educated and active. steve garland of the e.l. hardy

Sherrod Brown

9:42:42 to 9:43:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: center, a summer feeding site outside of columbus, tells the story of a single father with three sons who relies on the center for meals and mentoring. the father says without the center, his young sons are at risk of falling behind in school and getting in trouble in the community. i mean, that's -- that's not just keeping children fed. it also matters for thei schoolwork, it matters for their keeping out of trouble, it matters for their intellectual

Sherrod Brown

9:43:04 to 9:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: development. 50 children per day in past summers would show up for a healthy meal and recreational activities at the hardy center. this summer, because of enthusiastic and dedicated vista volunteers, attendants at the -- attendance at the hardy center has ballooned to 300 children per day. now, get that, mr. president, that typically only about one out of ten eligible children

Sherrod Brown

9:43:26 to 9:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: across the country -- ohio is actually slightly above the national average -- only about one out of ten children across the country who are eligible for free breakfast and free lunch and are getting it during the school year, only one out of ten get it, get these breakfast, lunch or snacks in the summer. one out of ten. that's w what we did in -- when senator dorgan and senator kaufman, all of us worked together in expanding national

Sherrod Brown

9:43:49 to 9:44:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: service, vista and peace corps and -- and city year, which two of my daughters have been part of as volunteers, americorps, all of those programs, more of those kids, more of those volunteers are now helping these summer feeding programs. so instead of feeding 50 people at the hardy center, thanks to the vista volunteers, 300

Sherrod Brown

9:44:11 to 9:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: children, all those eligible last summer, they just weren't there because they didn't know it, they couldn't get there, whatever. now because of these vista volunteers, 300 children are getting fed. most -- and almost every day this summer. steve said, though, that's the good news. bad news is ste hardy center says there are

Sherrod Brown

9:44:32 to 9:44:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: still some 5,000 children in surrounding communities who don't he a site in their area. 5,000. that's just columbus. that's not the whole state. that's not the whole country. that's 5,000 children in columbus that aren't getting fed, that are eligible, that won't do as well in this life probably because they're not getting adequate nutrition as children. when the president signs this bill into law, we'll help

Sherrod Brown

9:44:53 to 9:45:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: countless other community leaders like steve provide more meals and activities to keep our children active and healthy. reauthorization dramatically reshapes and updates nutrition standards to help us reduce childhood obesity rates and put healthier food in school cafeterias. steve groundy, director of nutrition services for dayton public schools faces the choice

Sherrod Brown

9:45:14 to 9:45:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: between doing what's right -- feeding our children healthy food -- and what's cost-effective -- serving cheaper, less healthy food. craig hockenberry of cincinnati public schools sees children with stunted growth because they have too little to eat. without access to healthy or fresh foods, families and schools look to the local food bank for afterschool or weekend meals.

Sherrod Brown

9:45:35 to 9:45:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: because they are just getting these programs during the week, they're getting the breakfast and lunch. weekends, not so good. summers not so good. as nora neese can attest to, these programs are in demand now more than ever. jny black in columbus teaches children about healthy eating habits.

Sherrod Brown

9:45:56 to 9:46:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ms. black has been a school nurse in columbus p for more than 20 years. she's seen firsthand how good nutrition contributes to higher academic achievement and better classroom behavior. according to ms. black, authorizing the child nutrition act means no more vending machines with junk food, no more relying on outside

Sherrod Brown

9:46:20 to 9:46:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: vendors for greecey pizza andburg burgerrers. i was halfway between columbus and cleveland visiting with people about arogram called "chap." "chap" is a facet of the social service safety net that's working to improve outcomes and reduce costs but it's stretched thin.

Sherrod Brown

9:46:41 to 9:47:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: by authorizing the child nutrition act we can help them do much more for our children -- nation's children. the more children who are healthy, the more we lower rates of childhood obesity and diabetes. the more children that are not going mung gri during school, e greater their chance to learn and succeed. mr. president, it's important we

Sherrod Brown

9:47:02 to 9:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: took this step today. this legislation means not just a lot for hungry children today. it means a lot for the future of this country because children who in the past have not been so well-served will have the opportunity to eat better, will have the opportunity to grow

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