Federal Food/Nutrition Programs

About the November 1 SNAP/Food Stamp Benefit Reduction

Download State Contacts for Child Nutrition Programs (pdf).

Watch the lastest FRAC webinars:

USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Rule: What You Need to Know

Healthy Menus for Breakfast in the Classroom

Piloting and Expanding Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, and Second Chance Breakfast Programs

CACFP Improves Diets for Children, Decreases Obesity Risk

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) helps provide nutritious meals and snacks for eligible children and nutrition education to child care providers. The Institute of Medicine and others promote increasing CACFP participation to encourage healthy eating, citing research on the program’s benefits. To learn more visit FRAC’s CACFP Wellness Tool Kit

SNAP/Food Stamps

Summer Meals Reaching Fewer Low-Income Children

June 8, 2012: FRAC Report Finds Varied Performance among States and Recommends Steps to Make a Difference this Summer – Fewer low-income children participated in the nation’s summer nutrition programs in July 2011 than a year earlier, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, an analysis by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011. More…

School Breakfast Participation Continues Much-Needed Increase

January 31, 2012 – Participation in the national School Breakfast Program continued its steady increase, with 9.8 million low-income children eating breakfast on an average day during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Food Research and Action Center’s annual School Breakfast Scorecard. Still, the number of low-income children eating breakfast is well behind the number of children eating lunch, with less than half (48.2 percent) of low-income children receiving school lunch also receiving breakfast. More…

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Implementation

Additional Resources

Reauthorization Resources

Federal Nutrition Program Resources

President Obama signed into law the new Child Nutrition Reauthorization law on December 14th. Titled The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) (pdf), it broadens the Afterschool Meal Program to cover all 50 states (currently it covers just 13), supports the expansion of direct certification for school meals, improves area eligibility rules so more family child care homes can use the CACFP program, changes summer food rules to make it easier for nonprofits to operate, makes important reforms in the nutritional quality of food served in schools and child care, and makes “competitive” foods sold or offered in schools more nutritious. This page contains the most up-to-date information and links to information on implementing The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

Implementation Webinar Series

  • FRAC’s Webinar series, Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Putting the Act Into Action, examines the provisions of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and provides steps to make the provisions of the Act a success.
  • Next webinar: To be announced.

USDA Proposed Rules

Implementation Policy Memos

Improving Milk and Water Requirements in Schools

On April 13, 2011, USDA released two memos providing guidance and instructions to states on:

Click here for information, a summary of changes, and resources regarding these two requirements.

“Full Use of Federal Funds” Provision: Ending State Agency Work Furloughs and Layoffs

Hiring freezes, layoffs and work furloughs have left many state child nutrition and WIC agencies understaffed. To help remedy this the new law, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, requires that federal funds for child nutrition and WIC programs be excluded from State budget restrictions or limitations including hiring freezes, layoffs, work furloughs and travel restrictions. All states should have signed the new addendum to their federal/state agreement agreeing to abide by the new law. This provides an important new opportunity for advocates and program operators to support your state agency. Click here for resources and actions you can take.

Reauthorization Resources

Federal Nutrition Program Resources