Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)

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What’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 page for 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 voted its bill (H.R. 5003) out of committee on May 18th. To watch the recorded webcast of the markup hearing, click here. To read FRAC’s analysis of the bill, click here. The House bill includes a three state block grant pilot for the school meal programs. To read FRAC’s statement in opposition to the block grant provision, click here and to read FRAC FACTS: House Child Nutrition Block Grant Proposal, click here.

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.

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 and analysis of the bill. View the recorded webcast of the mark up of their bill here.

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.

Child Nutrition Forum

The Child Nutrition Forum is a diverse group of national organizations, facilitated by FRAC, who are working on a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Visit the Forum’s web page for resources on CNR.

FRAC’s CNR Briefs

Links to pdf files.

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