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ADVISORY: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Visit CAP to Address Strengthening Child Nutrition Programs

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, September 1, the Center for American Progress will welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for a discussion on child nutrition programs.

From inner cities to rural farmlands, children are returning to school to learn and grow—but for thousands of hungry children nationwide, learning is difficult or impossible. When Congress returns from its August recess, the House and Senate will debate the reauthorization of many of the country’s most critical programs that provide meals and nutritional support to children under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act—including school breakfasts and lunches, summer meals, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC.

The secretary’s keynote remarks will address how these programs reduce child poverty and improve outcomes for millions of children each day—particularly in the area of obesity reduction and improved health—and how reauthorization provides an opportunity to improve and strengthen these programs to support the entire family. He will also be part of a conversation with CAP President Neera Tanden and take audience questions.

Members of the media can RSVP here.

Click here to bookmark the live stream for “Strengthening Child Nutrition Programs: Back to School and Back to Work for Congress.”


Keynote address:
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, September 1, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET – 2:00 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Liz Bartolomeo at or 202.481.8151.