Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Friday, May 20, 2016
House Reauthorization Bill Fails to Provide Needed Improvements
Wednesday, the House Education and Workforce Committee released a deeply flawed child nutrition reauthorization bill. which they are calling; “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003). Despite strong opposition to the bill from the National CACFP Forum and more than 750 other national, state, and local organizations representing a broad range of interests and advocacy areas, the measure was approved by the Committee.
The bill fails to meet the needs of children in child care and out-of-school time settings, and it reduces access to school meals for children from low-income families. The bill contains a number of very damaging provisions including a three state school meal block grant which would limit funding and eliminate guaranteed access for children. This bill would result in countless low-income children no longer having access to the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning. These provisions vastly outweigh the modest improvements. Read more by clicking on the letter.
AP May 21, 2016 Pingree: Childhood nutrition bill not very nutritious
USDA FNS Under Secretary Kevin Concannon -Children Should Benefit not be Hurt by CNR2016
Farm to School Networks Voices Concerns on the House Bill
Pew Charitable Trust Child Nutrition Bill Could Weaken Child Nutrition
Food Research & Action Center Applauds New USDA Rules for Healthier Meals and Snacks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Fewer Kids Receiving Nutrition
American Academy of Pediatrics "Healthy school meals=healthy kids. House #CNR2016 bill would rollback standards, decrease access to nutritious foods"
#CNR2016 on Twitter and Facebook for more...
USDA in the News on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Hartford City, School Board President Testifies for Child Nutrition
Chairman Roberts Calls for Timeliness, Bipartisanship in Child Nutrition Reauthorization
No Kid Hungry on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Sustainable Agriculture CHILD NUTRITION ACT REAUTHORIZATION
A Recap of This Week’s Congressional Hearing on Child Nutrition
Messaging an Media for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act
Via Food Research and Action Center
Advocates Prepare to Step-up Efforts to Protect and Strengthen Programs
Senate leaders stated earlier this week, as Congress heads for adjournment, that the child nutrition reauthorization bill officially will not be happening this year.
While the Senate and House Committee versions of the bill have been public for the majority of 2016, finding agreement between the two very different bills proved to be too difficult to accomplish. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Agriculture Committee stated that "[i]t is unfortunate that certain parochial interests and the desire for issues rather than solutions were put ahead of the well-being of vulnerable and at-risk populations and the need for reform.”
FRAC applauds the resolve of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to protect the programs from harmful proposals advanced by the House Education and the Workforce Committee - including a proposal to weaken the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). A three state block grant pilot of the school meals programs was also included in the House version of the legislation.
We encourage everyone to stay active in their advocacy to protect and strengthen all of the federal nutrition programs – particularly should they become part of a broader attack on entitlement programs by the new Congress and Administration. Threats to the structure, financing and reach of the programs are all potentially in the mix.
We will be in touch with you soon to discuss strategy and next steps, and as always, we appreciate your partnership in this work.
The National CACFP Forum would like also applaud and thank everyone involved in protecting and strengthening Child Nutrition Programs. We will continue to work to with our partners in advocacy to protect not only the Child and Adult Care Food Program but all nutrition programs.
See you all March 4-7, 2016 in Washington D.C. at the CACFP Leadership Conference and Anti Hunger Policy Conference where it matters to seen and heard. More about the conference.
Jul 13, 2016 — New Cosponsors
H.R. 3886: Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act
New Cosponsor: Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
New Cosponsor: Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
The bill now has 36 cosponsors (31 Democrats, 5 Republicans)
Is your representative listening about a strong Child Nutrition Bill? Check them out!
Take Action to keep up momentum for a positive Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill #CNR2015
Your support is needed! Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced H.R. 3886, The Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act to expand and strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) so more children in child care have access to nutritious meals. This bill advances CACFP as a priority in child nutrition reauthorization, complementing an earlier effort by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) when he introduced The Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015, S. 1833
Both bills would result in less hunger, less obesity and better eating habits for very young children.
Actions to Take Today to Strengthen CACFP in Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR):
Everyone can create buzz on social media by tweeting in support of this CACFP legislation.
Sample Tweets to Get You Started:
* I joined @fractweets to support the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act! Ask your Rep to Cosponsor! http://bit.ly/1Mz48M9
* Proud to join @fractweets to support the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act! Add your name today http://bit.ly/1Mz48M9
* Thanks @RepStefanik & @RepBonamici for introducing the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act to feed more kids through #CACFP!
This bill joins our priorities for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization, including the