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Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The federal child nutrition programs expired on September 30, 2015 and were last reauthorized through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Congress is expected to move forward with the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process this month. Throughout this process, Congress will be looking at ways it can expand and improve access to the federal nutrition programs including the School Breakfast, National School Lunch, Summer Food Service, Child and Adult Child Care Food, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs ensure millions of children have access to the nutritious food they need to grow, learn, and thrive.

Below are summaries of the two Child Nutrition Reauthorization bills currently under consideration. Later this month, the House Education and Workforce Committee is expected to mark-up “The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” and the Senate is expected to call “The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity Act of 2016” to the Senate floor for a vote.

 

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003)

In May, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up and passed its Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, "The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016." This bill contains provisions that would roll back years of progress. Large numbers of low-income children would lose access to the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning, and the meals children could still obtain would be less healthy.


IHC's Summary of Key Provisions

The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016

In January, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed their proposed Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, “The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016.” The bill includes provisions that would increase children's access to the federal child nutrition programs including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the school meal programs. This bill includes provisions to streamline summer and afterschool meals, allow child care providers to serve an additional snack to children in child care for 9 hours or more, extend the age eligibility for children in WIC, allowing children who are not in full-day kindergarten to participate until the age of 6, and protect the new school meal standards that are improving children's health.

IHC's Summary of Key Provisions


Key Messages

  • Congress has the chance to make good nutrition programs even better with the reauthorization of these programs.

  • Improvements to the child nutrition programs should not come at the expense of other safety net or federal nutrition programs.

 

Take Action

  • Ask your Members of Congress to oppose “The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” which would limit children's access to the federal nutrition programs and roll back the nutrition standards implemented in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

  • Call your Members of Congress and ask them to make Child Nutrition Reauthorization a priority.

  • Share photos of the child nutrition programs in your community on social media using the hashtags #CNR2016 and #HungerInIL.

  • Share IHC's Facebook and Twitter posts with your networks using the hashtags #CNR2016 and #HungerInIL.

  • Share your experience with the child nutrition programs through the StoryCorps App. Be sure to use the key words EndHunger and HungerInIL.



For more information, contact Katie Klus, Child Nutrition Coordinator,at katiekihc@yahoo.com or (312)629-9580