Organizations: Take Action Now that the School Year is Underway
Help ensure that the child nutrition programs continue reducing childhood hunger, decreasing childhood overweight and obesity, improving child nutrition and wellness, enhancing child development and school readiness, and supporting academic achievement.
Endorse the “CARE for Kids Act of 2019”
Endorse the bill, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), that would help support children who are being raised by grandparents or relatives other than their parents by ensuring automatic access to free school meals.
Endorse the Universal School Meals Program Act
Major provisions of this act include free school breakfast, school lunch, and afterschool supper for all children, and no more embarrassing practices directed toward students with unpaid school meal fees and funding to schools for all delinquent school meal debt. Sign on here.
Endorse the “Access to Healthy Foods for Young Children Act of 2019”
Endorse the bill, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), that would strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and help millions of children in child care access healthy, nutritious food.
There’s Still Time to Endorse the “No Shame at School Act”
Sign on here. The bill includes provisions for prohibiting schools from taking any action that stigmatizes or shames students who cannot pay their meal fees, and requiring school districts to certify students who are categorically eligible (such as students who are homeless or in foster care) for free school meals.
Endorse These Summer Nutrition Bills
Endorse the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act and the Summer Meals Act of 2019. These bills help 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.
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.
Latest Hill News/Bills We're Supporting
- June 24 - FRAC Lauds Bills That Address Child Summer HungerFRAC 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 2019 (S. 1908/H.R. 2818) 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. S. 1908 includes an additional provision to support meal service in disaster situations. The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act (S. 1941/H.R. 3378) would provide families who have children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to help them obtain nutrition during the summer.
- June 20 - FRAC Endorses the No Shame at School ActFRAC announced its support of the No Shame at School Act, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Tina Smith, both Democrats from Minnesota. The bill would ban any kind of identification of students who cannot pay for lunch at school, like wristbands or hand stamps, and not allow schools to publish lists of students who owe money for school meals or use debt collectors to recoup meal fees.
- April 10 - The Senate Agriculture Committee held its first CNR hearing, “Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization.”
- March 12 - The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services kicked off the CNR process with a hearing, ``Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs.``
More About the Programs
- School Meals
- Out of School MealsAfterschool Nutrition Programs
Summer Nutrition Programs
50 to 40: Expanding Access to the Child Nutrition Programs
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.
- CACFP and WIC
114th Congress Bills
During the 114th Congress (2015–2016), 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.
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.