Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) provides Congress with an opportunity every five years to improve and strengthen the child nutrition and school meal programs so they better meet the needs of our nation’s children in pre-school, school-based, and out-of-school time settings. While the current law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296), expired on September 30, 2015, the programs continue to operate.
Reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs Begins
On April 10, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization, “Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization.” Click here to watch the hearing and download testimony from the witnesses.
On March 12, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services kicked off the process to reauthorize the child nutrition programs with a hearing, “Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs.” Click here to watch the hearing, download testimony from the witnesses, and view statements from Members of Congress.
Check out FRAC’s top-line priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
50 to 40: Expanding Access to the Child Nutrition Programs
Click here to check out FRAC’s state maps that show the impact of improving the area eligibility test for Summer, Afterschool, and Child Care Homes. Improving the test from its current 50 percent to 40 percent would considerably expand low-income children’s access to nutritious meals.
New Chart — Summer EBT: Availability of SNAP Retailers Compared to WIC Vendors
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On the Hill
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization did not take place in 2016The Child Nutrition Reauthorization did not take place in 2016, due in large part to stark policy differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Although the reauthorization bill expired on September 30, 2015, all programs continue to operate.
- Senate Ag Committee Votes CNR Bill Out of CommitteeThe Senate Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization in the Senate, voted its version of the bill, “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” (S. 3136), out of committee in January 2016. No further action has taken place on the bill. Read our analysis of the bill.
- House Education & the Workforce Committee Votes Bill Out of CommitteeThe House Education & the Workforce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization in the House of Representatives, voted its version of the bill, “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003), out of committee in May 2016. No further action has taken place on the bill. Read our analysis of the bill.
Bills We’re Watching
During the 114th Congress (2015–2016), there were several bills that were introduced for consideration for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). The bills are not expected to become law, but by co-sponsoring these bills, Members of Congress can show their support for the provisions of these bills to be included in the final CNR bill.