Food and Nutrition
As a Member of Congress, I consider it one of my top priorities to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens do not go hungry. This means standing up for food and nutrition programs that assist millions of low- and middle-income families, which many in Congress continually attempt to cut. Given the rising cost of food and pervasive unemployment, I will work to protect affordable food for low-income seniors and children throughout the State of Indiana.
Protecting Children from Going Hungry
Across the country, millions of children receive their only nutritious meals at school, through school breakfast and lunch programs. In an effort to help these children obtain the nutrition they need to be healthy, active and successful, I have supported several pieces of legislation that expand funding for these and other programs that provide healthier meals to low-income children. These investments in child nutrition are especially important given evidence that hunger can be an enormous barrier to learning. I will continue to support legislation that helps schools, non-profits and other entities to provide nutritious meals to children.
Improving Access to Nutritious Foods
Obesity remains one of the most pressing public health concerns in America today. Far too many communities in the 7th District have limited access to affordable and nutritious food—the absence of which can exacerbate a wide range of health, learning and behavioral problems. Many in these communities, known as food deserts, rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores—increasing the incidence of obesity, child hunger and learning problems.
To reduce obesity, I have offered my support for legislation that would promote community based agriculture, such as urban farms and community gardens. Around the country, these have been shown to not only increase access to healthy food but also build interest in healthy lifestyles. This is especially important among low-income and elderly Americans who often cannot afford food at supermarkets.
I believe that all Americans deserve access to the nutritious food they need to live healthy productive lives.
Encouraging Physical Fitness
Today, obesity rates are dangerously high and continue to rise, with over 30% of adults and 17% of children considered obese. Studies have shown that obesity results in rising health care costs for many families, reduced productivity at work and less effective learning at school. Promotion of exercise and physical activity has never been a more important public policy.
I have been a strong supporter of First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to encourage exercise among young people and continue to advocate in Congress for legislation that promotes scientifically based physical fitness guidelines for all Americans. Physical fitness and exercise are critical to the health and well-being of all Americans, making it among my top priorities in Congress.
More on Food and Nutrition
September 25, 2012
Congressman Carson Seeks to Expand Year-round Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson this week proposed the creation of a new grant program aimed at improving access to locally grown fruit and vegetables for low-income families.
June 16, 2011
carson opposes cuts to food programs
Agriculture appropriations bill slashes assistance for food, nutrition
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-203 to cut the funds budgeted for food assistance for women, children, and low-income Americans by $650 million. Congressman André Carson voted against the cuts.
May 17, 2011
SUMMER SERVINGS TO PROMOTE FREE MEAL PROGRAMS, FIGHT CHILD HUNGER
New website and community support will connect families to vital resources
INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and representatives from the Child Hunger Initiative today announced "Summer Servings," a program that provides free meals to Indianapolis youth in an effort to fight child hunger in the Indianapolis area.
May 16, 2011
Carson announces summer servings effort to fight child hunger
Mayor, Child Hunger Initiative representatives will join in unveiling of program
December 2, 2010
HOUSE APPROVES CHILD NUTRITION ACT
Carson votes for bill to make significant improvements to child nutrition programs
WASHINGTON D.C. - In an effort to help children gain the nutrition they need to be healthy and successful, Congressman André Carson today voted to approve the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The legislation will provide healthier meals to 31 million children with over $300 million being sent to states - including $7.8 million to Indiana - to improve the nutritional quality of meals served in schools.
Washington, D.C. – “With our country experiencing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and with food prices rising at astonishingly high rates, many working Americans are struggling to put food on their tables and make ends meet.