76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008



WHEREAS, 35 million Americans, including 12.6 million children are food insecure; and

WHEREAS, food insecurity exists in 10% or more American households and above average rates of food insecurity (and risk of hunger) occur among households in America's major cities; and

WHEREAS, one in five Americans use at least one of USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs during the year, including

13.4 million children who receive food stamp benefits and 11.5 million households who participate in the free or reduced-price school lunch program; and

WHEREAS, hunger impairs our children's health in significant and long-lasting ways, including impeding growth and development, increased illness, poorer mental health, more hospitalization, and greater susceptibility to obesity and its health consequences; and

WHEREAS, hunger impedes children's ability to learn and perform academically and increases their susceptibility to physical and mental illness; and

WHEREAS, our nation's youth are our future and we need to act now to address this urgent crisis; and

WHEREAS, the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007 includes vital food security, food bank and childhood nutrition provisions that will help address our nation's childhood hunger crisis; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress and the Administration to provide increased resources to help families access economic security programs, including food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and improve access for children to healthy, affordable food in shelters, food banks and pantries, schools and neighborhoods.