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Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)Take ActionWhat’s the latest CNR action to take? Find out here.Read and share FRAC’s 2016 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Priorities.Check out FRAC’s Advocacy Tools pagefor resources on how to advocate and promote the child nutrition programs, including FRAC’s 101 on planning a site visit.Although the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 expired on September 30, 2015- the child nutrition programs continue to operate. The reauthorization of the programs is not required for them to continue, but it is an important opportunity for Congress to expand access to and improve the programs.
Currently on the Hill…
The House Education and Workforce Committee released its reauthorization bill in April 2016, titled the “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003) – see FRAC’s statement opposing the bill and FRAC’s complete analysis of the bill.
The Senate Agriculture Committee released its reauthorization bill in January 2016, titled “The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” (pdf). Read FRAC’s statement andanalysis of the bill. View the recorded webcast of the mark up of their bill here.
Advocacy is still needed to ensure a strong final child nutrition bill- that protects and strengthens the programs- as the Senate moves forward with their bill and the House considers which provisions their bill may include.
For more details, visit the CNR on Capitol Hill page.
About Child Nutrition Reauthorization:
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act authorizes all of the federal child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast, National School Lunch, Child and Adult Care Food, Summer Food Service, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs and WIC. These programs provide funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods where they live, play, and learn. Congress reviews these programs through the reauthorization process.
The child nutrition programs touch the lives of millions of low-income children each day, and reauthorization provides an opportunity to improve and strengthen these programs. Research demonstrates the ability of the child nutrition programs to improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition and health.