Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's First District announced today that she has introduced the Weekends Without Hunger Act, legislation to help prevent high-risk children from going hungry when they are not in school. Titus joined Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square, and Chef Rick Moonen, Chef/Owner of Rick Moonen's rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and one of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, at the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas to highlight the importance of the bill.
"With 57 percent of Clark County school children relying on free and reduced price lunch programs, more than 170,000 students in Southern Nevada are facing hunger at home, and many depend on school meals as their main source of food throughout the week," Congresswoman Titus said. "This legislation will fill a gap in federal programming and provide funding for nutritious meals to ensure that vacation from school does not mean hunger for children."
"Three Square is honored to be here with Congresswoman Titus to help her introduce the Weekends Without Hunger Act," Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square Food Bank said. "As a key policymaker in Washington DC, Congresswoman Titus is consistently working to make Nevada a more food secure state by ensuring that organizations like Three Square can continue to provide an array of services and programs that fit the needs of struggling families in our community."
"Childhood hunger is a serious issue in Clark County and throughout our country. I'm proud to join Congresswoman Titus and Three Square today to highlight the Weekends Without Hunger Bill and join in the fight to end childhood hunger," Rick Moonen, Chef/Owner of Rick Moonen's rm seafood said. "This bill fills a critical need in our community by providing a nutritious meal to students who would not otherwise have access to food on weekends and during school breaks."
The Weekends Without Hunger Act will establish a five-year pilot program that provides commodities to eligible institutions, such as schools and food banks, to carry out projects that provide nutritious food to at-risk school children over the weekend and school holidays during the school year. Organizations such as Three Square, which currently provides approximately 5,000 weekend backpacks in 275 Clark County schools through their BackPack for Kids Program, would be eligible for funding. To ensure the federal funds are well spent, the bill would also require an interim and final evaluation of the program by the Secretary of Agriculture.