NEA speaks up for the rights of students. Browse recent messages to Congressional leadership, and add your voice.
School meal programs are important in fighting child hunger.
When students participate in school meals programs, their behavior, comprehension, and attendance improve.
The meals they receive at home are just as important, and that’s why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a lifeline for families struggling with food insecurity.
Nutritious meals prepare children for learning and shape their food choices and health outcomes as adults.
Help students get the healthy meals they need. Ask Congress to fund free school meals for all students, hands-on training and professional development for school food-service staff, and up-to-date equipment for school kitchens, and to protect and strengthen SNAP—our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program.
Letters & Testimony
Submitted on 07/25/2023
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
Introduced on 03/09/2023
A bill that seeks to lift the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s three-month limit for able-bodied adults without dependents. The change would end punishment of unemployed and underemployed people for failure to document sufficient work hours each month.
Introduced on 03/01/2023
A bill that would raise the federal reimbursement level for school meals to help address funding challenges, enhance menus, increase access to locally grown food, and support expanded services like afterschool snacks and breakfast in the classroom.
Introduced on 07/26/2022
A Bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes.