Bread for the World Applauds Congress for Passing Legislation that Supports the Nation's Children and Low-Income Working Families

12/3/2010, 8:20 a.m.

Washington, DC, December 2, 2010 - Bread for the World applauds the passage today of two critical pieces of legislation--final passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and House passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010.

"This is a victory for millions of working poor families and for America's children, especially the one in four kids who live in households that struggle to put food on the table," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "We are pleased that Congress is considering the needs of hungry and poor people before they adjourn. This legislation is an early Christmas gift."

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which now goes to the president for his signature, will help reduce child hunger by:
*Investing $4.5 billion in child nutrition programs over 10 years.
*Better connecting eligible children with free and reduced-price school meals.
*Expanding the after-school supper program nationwide.
*Authorizing grants to retain summer food program sponsors and improve and expand breakfast programs.

The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, which now goes to the Senate for its consideration, will help low-income working families by:
*Making permanent the current Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit benefit levels.
*Preventing 1,540,000 people, including 858,000 children, from falling into poverty.

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.