Who’s on recess this summer? Our legislators are, that’s who. Every year they get a recess in August from their usual duties at the state capital to attend to business at home in the districts they serve. That spells ‘golden opportunity’ for us to reach them at a new level. YOU can come play recess with us!
August Recess, as it’s fondly called, is when we take our top federal policy issues right to the legislator’s home court. You’re the Cure advocates do ‘drop-offs’ at the district offices nearest them, leaving materials to drive our message.
We also look for opportunities to catch our representatives in the community to deliver these messages, at town halls or other public appearances where there may be a chance to ask questions or meet-and-greet.
The message we must carry is year is all about kids, and making sure the schools are providing them nutritious wholesome lunches. We need advocates help to tell lawmakers to protect strong school nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The bill is up for re-authorization this year, and with funding set to expire at the end of September, now is the time to reinforce our message and emphasize the importance of healthy school meals. You can see details at: www.heart.org/SchoolMeals.
Activities advocates can do to participate:
- Drop materials off at the District office(s) for your legislators
- Call your legislator’s offices and make an appointment for a quick sit-down to share information about the issue
- Check your legislator’s web pages to see where they may be making public appearances and join them to look for an opportunity to ask an issue-relevant question or share information.
Wanta help? We’ll make it easy for you! Just email or call 804-965-6554 to let us know how you’d like to help, and we’ll get you hooked up with materials and information.
This year the congressional recess officially ends Sept 7, 2015. Come play recess with us and help kids get healthier meals in school!