Senator Brown Applauds Efforts To Reduce Childhood Hunger
Provisions from Childhood Nutrition Bill incorporated into new Ohio regulations
July 30, 2013
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Columbus – State Senator Edna Brown (D–Toledo) is pleased by the recent changes in Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health regulations that provide easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children participating in meal programs. Other adjustments include allowing school buses to be used as mobile feeding sites.

Many of these changes were included in Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Senator Brown early in the 130th General Assembly. Senate Bill 11 focuses on finding innovative ways to access summer meal programs and new rules to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to Ohio's children.

“Hunger does not end in the summer,” said Senator Brown. “That is why it is important to work with meal providers and other groups to ensure that the nutritional needs of children continue to be met when they do not have access to meals through school.”

Interested party meetings were held to discuss the Childhood Nutrition Bill shortly after its introduction in February. These meetings included representatives from after school and summer meal sponsors, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, childhood hunger advocacy groups and the Governor’s Common Sense Initiative.

“I was extremely pleased to see that many of the ideas discussed during the interested party meetings for the Childhood Nutrition Bill have been implemented in Ohio Departmental policies." said Senator Brown. "These are important steps that will help meet the nutritional needs of Ohio’s children. There is still more work to be done, in particular increasing access to meals during summer months and increasing the participation rate of children eligible for these programs,” said Senator Brown.

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