VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta is hoping Congressman Austin Scott's tour of Second Harvest's Kids Cafe at Southside Recreation Center in Valdosta Wednesday afternoon will help ensure legislation that provides the food bank with critical funding gets reauthorized.
Congressman Scott's tour of the Kids Cafe at Southside Recreation Center comes at the perfect time for Second Harvest Food Bank. Congress is working to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Bill that is set to expire in just over a month.
"It's very reassuring to us to know that we have their ear, that they're paying attention to what it is that we are asking for," said Second Harvest Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall. "We are certainly a little anxious to go ahead and get the child nutrition reauthorization done."
But, the food bank would also like to see some changes made to the current law. The food bank would like more flexibility for their programs.
"We could maybe incorporate some of our programs like mobile food pantry and backpacks, something that allows us to be a little more innovative and is more flexible to deal with rural hunger," McCall explained.
The Child Nutrition Act legislation covers school breakfast and lunches, and after school and summer food programs like the ones run by Second Harvest. "If the programs are not reauthorized, then that means the funding will go away," McCall emphasized.
So, too, then will the food that many South Georgia children depend on.
Second Harvest remains optimistic Congress will pass legislation to continue the Child Nutrition program when they return from their August recess.