Mary Janet Bryant travels to Washington DC to Raise Awareness for Nutrition Programs
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:36AM
Charity P.

Mary Janet Bryant, a Warren County Head Start teacher for Community Action of Southern Kentucky recently traveled to Washington DC to tell her story and advocate for others. Mary Janet was chosen by a project entitled “Community Voices; Why Nutrition Assistance Matters”, which is a collaboration of Center for American Progress, Witnesses to Hunger, Food Research & Action Center, Feeding America, Coalition on Human Needs and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  These partners searched for people nationwide and collected stories of those who had received nutrition assistance.  These partners then chose several people to travel to Washington DC to talk with Congress about what effect these programs have. Mary Janet Bryant was one of these few people chosen to talk to members of Congress about her personal story and experience with nutrition assistance. 

Ms. Bryant said, “What an amazing opportunity to be selected as an advocate for nutrition programs.

With Congress due to reauthorize the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children or the WIC Reauthorization Act – we all have an opportunity to build upon previous success and further improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition, and health for millions of children each day.”

Mary Janet’s “Day of Action” took place on October 8, 2015 in Washington DC.  She spoke with State Representative Brett Guthrie and staffers in Senator Rand Paul’s and Senator Mitch McConnell’s offices. Mary Janet then testified before a Congressional House briefing attended by Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator McGovern.

Mary also noted, “In the meeting I had with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsap, Head of the USDA, he promised to speak directly to President Obama on our behalf asking not to cut funding for programs such as SNAP, WIC, Head Start nutrition programs, Summer Food Service Programs, etc. You can read my story along with lots of other heart felt stories in the Community Voices Booklet, located at www.talkpoverty.org/communityvoices.”

“We are so proud that Mary Janet was chosen to represent the many families impacted by nutrition assistance. Her story is only one example of how programs like this can help families achieve stability and economic security,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

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