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.

On the Hill

  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization did not take place in 2016
    The 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 Committee
    The 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 Committee
    The 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.

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Legislation

Did You Know?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2010. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 included a number of provisions that made tremendous improvements to the quality of school food and created a nationwide Afterschool Meal Program, among several other positive provisions that have helped to address child food insecurity since its passage.  Although the Act expired on September 30, 2015, its programs continue to operate. The next Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is currently being considered.
Child Nutrition Programs
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010