Boozman: More Flexibility Needed In Nutrition Bill

Jul 31, 2015

U.S. Senator Boozman at the children's library in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas children who are beneficiaries of government food programs may be impacted by an upcoming vote on the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act in the United States Congress this fall.

Arkansas’s U.S. Senator John Boozman visited the children’s library in Little Rock Friday to learn about summer nutrition programs for kids in the state. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Boozman said he plans to vote in favor of the act.

“What I would like to do is find a lot more flexibility to the parties involved,” said Boozman.

He said he would like the act to allow food providers to travel to kids in rural areas and extend services to food stamp recipients with EBT cards.

“The kids have to come to a particular center as opposed to you taking the food out with the kids scattered in different areas. That’s particularly hard in rural areas,” Boozman added.

The Senate will revisit the act this fall.