Take Action on the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act
The “Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2015” (TNIA) allows tribes to participate in federal programs that provide free, healthy meals to children in schools, and gives control to tribes to administer their school food programs without having to go through state agencies.
TNIA also brings federal funding to tribal communities to help with the administration of these meal programs. The programs provide free meals in school, after school, in summer programs, and in day care to Native children who may not otherwise have consistent or adequate nutrition. Currently, Native children suffer food insecurity and obesity rates at twice the national average. This bill increases Native student access to the healthy foods they need.
TNIA (S. 1937) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) in August 2015, and is co-sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I-ME). The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the same bill (H.R. 3502) was introduced in September 2015 by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and is co-sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI District 4) and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ District 1). The Senate bill is currently with the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, while the House bill is now with the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Please ask your U.S. senators and representatives to support this important measure to help increase access to healthy foods for Native children on reservations. To find contact information for your senators and your specific representative, go to https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. If one of your senators or your representative is already a sponsor or co-sponsor, please thank them for their efforts on behalf of Native American children.
To read the text of the Senate version of the legislation, go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1937.