News Roundup: The Child Nutrition Act

The Child Nutrition Act (CNA) is up for reauthorization in September, which has many people already talking. This act not only affects the standards for things like school breakfast and lunch, it also affects programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). 

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing the Child Nutrition Act and why you should keep an eye on the CNA reauthorization over the next few months.

What is the Child Nutrition Act, and Why Should We Care?  U.S. News. “In the coming months, there’s going to be a lot of talk in the media and among politicians about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. The CNR is a law that governs nine federal nutrition programs, and any changes to it impact millions of children, most of whom come from low-income households. That law is up for review in September, but groups on all sides of the school food debate are already lobbying to influence the decision makers.”

Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot.  Huffington Post.Our current child nutrition policy, the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, created stricter nutrition standards for school meals. Research studies by Harvard and University of Connecticut's Rudd Center have shown that these healthier school meals are being accepted and getting student to eat more fruits and vegetables. But food industry wants the standards rolled back and are busy working with legislators to shape this policy to meet their needs."

What is the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act?  Food Research and Action Center. “Although the programs are permanently authorized, every five years Congress reviews the laws governing these programs through the reauthorization process; the current law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296), is set to expire on September 30, 2015…Reauthorization provides an opportunity to improve and strengthen the child nutrition and school meal programs so they better meet the needs of our nation’s children in pre-school, school-based and out-of-school time settings.”

Ask an Expert: Child Nutrition Reauthorization in 2015. No Kid Hungry.  “The Child Nutrition law sets federal policy for the nutrition programs at the heart of the No Kid Hungry campaign. The work we’re doing to increase the number of kids who eat school breakfast, afterschool meals, and  free summer meals is impacted by the laws Congress writes – from how much federal funding the programs will receive, to whether a kid can take a meal home from a summer meals site.”



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