One Step Closer to Making LWCF Permanent, "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act" Not Worthy o
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Vital park and recreation legislation has seen important movement over the past couple weeks. The bad news? The House of Representatives introduced the "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act" which could have serious implications on reimbursements for meals park and recreation agencies serve during the summer. The good news? The Senate has approved permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the State Assistance Program has received its highest amount of funding in over a decade. We've got all the details on this important legislation below, but you can get involved now by thanking your Senators for supporting permanent reauthorization of LWCF
Thank Your Senators
The U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive energy reform package which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill includes a change to the minimum annual allocation of LWCF dollars by requiring 40 percent to go to a "stateside suite" of programs.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and other House Republicans have introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act. This dangerous bill would significantly lower the the reimbursement for each meal park and recreation agencies serve during the summer and would force many agencies to run their meal programs with less money than previous years.
If You Invite Them, They Will Come 
We are building on the successes of the summer of Park Champion advocacy by expanding the initiative to a year-round movement. Our goal is to host Park Champion events in all 50 states. We've got the details on the blog including a video that explains the program.
Park Champion Webinar Schedule
Learn everything you need to know about Park Champions with our webinar series. The next webinar is this Thursday, April 28 where NRPA's Public Policy team will show you how easy it is to plan a Park Champion event! Together we'll explore the Park Champion toolkit and answer your questions about parks and recreation advocacy.
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