Updates to the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (formerly the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010-2015)
This Act ensures that kids receive healthy food by funding school meals; supplemental nutrition assistance for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the summer feeding program and more. Click here to see more information about this legislation.
Learn more about this through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act primer from the Food Research and Action Center.
- Government is on the verge of striking a deal regarding the revisions to the school lunch standards and requirements are announced.
- Read more about the politics behind the school lunch debate and where it’s moving next.
- Chef Ann Cooper speaks out about her view on school lunch.
- More than 1,000 Organizations Urge Obama to Invest in Child Nutrition Programs
- School lunch a political battleground
- Marion Nestle comments on the school lunch debate.
- Check out healthy school nutrition nitiatives from Let’s Move.
- New School Cuisine is a free, downloadable cookbook for school cooks, by school cooks. It comes from Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) and includes 75 seasonal recipes for the school cafeteria. All recipes U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines.
- Have you the White House Chef pushing for healthy foods in school?
- Tufts' researchers find that school meals are healthier than packed ones.
- The US Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary about the politics behind healthier school meals.
- On July 23, 2014, Senate Agriculture Committee conducted a hearing on the school meals program and the impact of the new nutrition rules. The testimony and an archive of the hearing may be read and viewed by clicking here. Here is an article outlining what happened.
- This Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act infographic gives details behind the most recent changes.
- Reformulation of school lunch products is becoming the norm because of the new school lunch standards.
- Kids are beginning to like their healthier school lunch.
- Community eligibility, giving free lunch for all school kids based on their entire communities demographics, is the newest trend. Who is paying for it? Listen to this report.
- This dietitian looks to reduce sodium in the school breakfast and lunch menu.
- Another news roundup about school lunch politics
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) developed this infographic. about healthy school meals. 10 schools succeeded in implementing the rules under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Read their story!
- Why we should eat healthy in school? Here are a couple reasons.
- One leader of the food movement comments on school lunch.
- Learn more about the policy of school lunch in this news roundup.
- The measure which allows schools to opt out of all the nutrition standards for school meal is opposed by many nutrition advocates See a summary of the nutrition provisions and a list of the opposing organizations here.
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest has created a link on change.org for people to weigh in on the issue at this website.
- The the Senate Agriculture Committee recently held the first in a series of hearings the committee will hold as part of the child nutrition reauthorization effort. The hearing examined the importance of the child nutrition programs from Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. In this recording, watch how the government is looking to strengthen nutrition programs. Click here to watch a recording of the hearing.
- A running list of policy updates and resources about nutrition school standards
- For now, there is a House proposal for the USDA to supply one-year waivers to school meal operators who can show financial hardship in meeting new school meal nutrition standards. Many anti-hunger agencies oppose this.
- First Lady Michelle Obama was outspoken in her opposition to the House provision. She wrote an op-ed and held a number of meetings and conference calls to urge that the language be struck from the bill. Stories were written by many News Papers, like this one and this one.
- A recommended website for policy school standard update from Marion Nestle, MPH, RDN
- School lunch nutrition standard advocates come to a compromise with the senate.
- Since 2009, students must take a fruit or vegetable at lunch time. At the University of Vermont, researchers develop a method to measure whether children are actually eating more fruits and vegetables.
- The first lady meets with leaders in the school nutrition realm to learn their trials and successes, first hand.
- Women in Government recently released their spring Childhood Obesity News. It highlights policy makers in action, childhood obesity legislation passed in 2013 and lots of other pertinent topics.
- The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior submitted comments on Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Read them here.
- Rudd Roots Parents is a website provides an interactive tool that organizes advocacy resources by type, topic and scope. It also contains tools that address food marketing toward school kids and information on weightbias in school. See all that it has to offer, here.
- The US Department of Agriculture's proposed rule on Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This rule is still up for public comment.
- A webinar will be held on April 16, 2014 called, "The USDA’s Smart Snacks Standards – What they are, When they kick in, and How you play a role." Join in at 1:00-2:30 PM (ET) to get the update on the regulations, the resources that will help you follow through, and the guidance from people who developed the standards. Click here to register and for more information!
- "Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About Changes Coming to School Meals" is a webinar to be held on April 9, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 PM (ET). Community Elegibility allows more kids to qualify for free and reduced lunches at school with less paper work. Save your spot today!
- As a requirement of this Act, vending machine foods had to meet healthy requirements in June 2014. There will not be any extensions for schools to adjust to this ruling.
- Check out this study about the impact of the USDA's school meal standards on students food selection, consumption and waste. Here is a news report explaining the findings.
- Here is an article explaining why people do and do not take issue with the healthy changes to school meals.
- Research continues to try to find the link between increasing obesity, schools, home environments, and family inlfuences. See who is leading the way.
- Given public concern about our children’s current and future health, USDA has issued updated school meal standards stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These science-based standards call for increasing fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains, while at the same time limiting less healthy fats, sugar, sodium and excess calories. Read more about the national media call to address the progress our schools are making in implementing the new standards!
- How have the school nutrition standards changed school lunch? Are these required changes attainable? Do kids like their healthier? Find the answers in this radio segment.
- USDA Secretary Vilsack presented the administration's FY 2015 budget proposals before the House Agriculture Committee last week. During the hearing, he reiterated to the Committee that it would be against the law to grant waivers of the new school breakfast and lunch program rules. A letter (link not working) was also sent delineating the issue. To read his prepared remarks and watch the hearing, click here.
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) printed report which found that schools have experienced challenges in implementing updated school meal standards. But, the outlook is still positive as healthier meals have been served and kids are adjusting to them. Click here for a summary and here to read the entire report, click here.
- Community elegibility helps get more kids in need free or reduced school breakfast.
- Kids accross the country receive universal school lunch. Click here to find out what this means.