Titus Introduces Weekends Without Hunger Act

Mar 30, 2015
Press Release

March 30, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – 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.

“With 58 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. “As students across Southern Nevada start their week long Spring Break, far too many of these young men and women will go hungry without access to the school meals they depend on as their main source of food throughout the week. Vacation from school should never mean hunger for children. 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.”

“Childhood hunger is a serious issue in Clark County and throughout our country. 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,” Rick Moonen, Chef/Owner of Rick Moonen’s rm seafood said. “I applaud Congresswoman Titus and her incredible commitment to ending childhood hunger.” 

“Rick Moonen’s commitment to fighting hunger in our community is unparalleled, and I am honored to have his support on this legislation,” said Titus. Rick Moonen has supported the Weekends Without Hunger Act since it was first introduced by Congresswoman Titus in 2010.

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 distributed more than 952,000 meals in the 2013 – 2014 school year to 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.