What does “Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)” mean and how does it impact child nutrition programs? Explore our CNR Primer to learn more.

Every five years, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) provides Congress with an opportunity to improve and strengthen the child nutrition and school meal programs. Although 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.

Congress has an important opportunity in 2021 to improve the health of millions of our nation’s children by passing a strong reauthorization bill that protects and strengthens the child nutrition programs. Explore the CNR priorities outlined in the 2021 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference leave-behind.

Latest Hill News/Bills We're Supporting

  • February 3, 2021 – FRAC Lauds Bill That Addresses Child Summer Hunger
    FRAC strongly supports legislation that was introduced recently to ensure low-income children across the country have access to the nutrition they need during the summer months when they lose access to healthy school meals. The Summer Meals Act of 2021 (H.R. 783) would: improve the area eligibility test by lowering it from 50 percent to 40 percent to allow more low-income communities to provide summer meals; allow nonprofit and local government agencies to provide meals year-round through the Summer Food Service Program; allow all sites to serve three meals; and provide grant funding to support efforts to reach underserved areas.

More About the Programs

116th Congress Bills

During the 116th Congress (2019–2020), there were several bills that were introduced for consideration for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). The bills were not expected to become law, but by co-sponsoring these bills, Members of Congress show their support for the provisions of these bills to be included in the final CNR bill.

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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.