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.
During 2016, this act will be under reauthorization. Learn more about this through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act primer from the Food Research and Action Center.
- The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act has not taken any further steps towards its passage. Bills like this one will be reintroduced to the new Congress in January.
- What do subsidized school meals look like in Alaska?
- One school does the Manichean challenge to promote free and reduced lunch! Click the link to see what I’m talking about!
- Review the Farm to School Act of 2015. Though it won’t be passed just yet, it hopefully will in the future.
- This is what breakfast in the classroom looks like for a Mississippi school!
- Nebraska schools revamp their breakfast program.
- School breakfast in the classroom comes to Dallas schools.
- Pennsylvania schools receive mini-grants supporting farm-to-school activities through Seed Challenge
- Check this recap of the impacts of Farm to School in Early Childhood Education Programs from the Farm to School Network.
- See how Cleveland schools serve free and reduced meals.
- A poorly run school bus pick-up makes kids miss breakfast in Texas.
- A rally asks for Universal School Lunch in NYC.
- In New Jersey, an initiative will help expand child nutrition programs and get the message out to parents.
- The “2016 Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island” shows that a significant amount of people are missing meals and going hungry.
- A “Breakfast after the Bell” program increases participation in the school breakfast.
- A study analyzing the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) showed that children within WIC only had a modest dip in obesity over the past 5 years.
- The Center of Disease Control and Prevention released its national report, “Early Care and Education State Indicator Report” tracking state policies that aim to prevent obesity in child care settings. See where Pennsylvania ranks in this summary, and find the entire report here.
- Here is the future Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ record on food policy.
- Child nutrition reauthorization is on the bill for this December. Representatives from the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Education Committee are trying to achieve a compromise between their two very different proposed bills. Here is the senate bill (S. 3136) and the House measure (H.R. 5003).
- 17.7% of Toledo residents said they’ve been through times where they didn’t have enough money to buy food.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains their stance within the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill.
- More kids get free breakfast at school in Salt Lake City.
- More schools serve school breakfast in Montana.
- Hear heart-wrenching stories about school lunch.
- School kids decide to sell locally grown and produced products as a fundraiser.
- “Be a School Wellness Champion” toolkit is now available through the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services.
- High school students share healthy ideas with their peers because https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ they want to make their school a better place than when they found it.
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a report focusing on area eligibility in child nutrition programs. It includes data pertaining to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
A recent survey shows that 1 in 4 college students is food insecure.
- Is daycare causing childhood obesity? The Journal of Pediatrics says, “No.”
- Delaware children are improving in healthy habits. But, there has been no drop in childhood obesity rates.
- Schools across the U.S. inspire healthy habits in the classroom.
- What happens when children on WIC lose their benefits before they begin receiving food resources at school.
- Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move campaign pushes to reduce childhood obesity and works to change the way American’s eat. See all their accomplishments here.
- A Texas School Breakfast Report Card showed that public schools are a primary resource in fighting childhood hunger. The Waco Independent School District is one of those schools working to increase school breakfast participation.
- October is National Farm to School Month! Visit this United States Department of Agriculture site for resources including toolkits and grant applications.
- This US Department of Agriculture site is a great resource for Spanish school nutrition materials from Team Nutrition.
- The US Department of Agriculture has published a report focusing on area eligibility in child nutrition programs. It includes data pertaining to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
- This infographic shows the success of the new school lunch standards.
- This site contains the dataset for the Food and Nutrition Services’ Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program eligibility. The data can be used to create charts and maps.
- Delaware passes a “Breakfast after the Bell” bill to encourage more students to participate in their school breakfast programs.
- School breakfast is a good idea for hungry kids.
- 19% of Vermont schools give all their kids free lunch!
- The Food Research and Action Center released “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Breakfast Status Report,” the first report to analyze breakfast participation for summer nutrition programs.
- New Jersey school lunches improved throughout the years!
- Need a wellness policy for your school? Then, this website will help you develop one by outlining and walking you through each part of the process.
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation lists multiple funding opportunities for those involved in school food and nutrition. Find opportunities here!
- The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act compromise may mean less healthful school meals for students.
- What are the most recent updates of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill?
- What are the healthiest schools across the nation doing to create a culture of health?
- The US Department of Agriculture announced the four final rules for implementing important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. You can see the four rules in the Federal Register:
- The Smart Food Planner is created by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. It’s an interactive tool for nutrition professionals working in school foodservice. Check out all its perks here.
- Oregon State University pushes small changes in school cafeterias to boost healthier options.
- Grants in Colorado urge schools to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Welcome to School Lunch handout allows kids to practice sorting foods into appropriate foods groups and get creative about fruits and vegetables.
- Portland hosts a huge feast to kick off a campaign to end hunger.
- The US Department of Agriculture rings in the new school year by celebrating successes in school nutrition.
- How do school meals assist with food security? Check the stats here!
- Summer meals remain essential for millions of hungry children. But, more kids could receive them. Review the impact of these meals and innovative ways they’re being served.
- In Oregon, healthier school lunch offers an opportunity to fight hunger.
- In San Diego, a school lunch program serves its millionth child!
- A food bank in Cincinnati pilots innovative summer meals programs.
- Experts brainstorm ways to expand summer meals to kids who need them!
- Community eligibility for this school could mean changes in this schools food.
- Two New York legislators voice their support for summer meal programs in schools. Check it out, here and there.
- Marshall County Schools in West Virginia appreciate the support of the Community Eligibility Program for their school meals. This policy relieves financial and administration burdens.
- The Oklahoma city school board wants to feed their students dinner.
- What does school lunch in Barstow, California look like?
- 26% of Dallas children do not know if they’ll have food on their table.
- Summer meals satisfy.
- The government announced four final rules that implement the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
- Finalized rules behind the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act were released last week. See what some school wellness advocates anticipate, here.
- What’s new within the finalized Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act? This!
- A Massachusetts legislator sets out to save summer meals programs.
- Cleveland adopts a toll-free hunger hotline.
- Why the emphasis on a healthy school meals?
- Click on this link to resources behind the final rule for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
- What are advocates saying about potential Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act cuts?
- A bill in congress might restrict West Virginian children from receiving free and reduced meals.
- Philadelphia school children are at risk of losing their ability to receive free and reduced meals in school.
- This article dives into partnerships and policies that create healthier kids in school.
- Illinois adds vegetables to school lunch.
- The battle over school lunch wages on.
- Ways to sell kids vegetables that work
- These small changes in the lunchroom could boost healthy sales!
- Connecticut shares the benefits and progress of their summer feeding program.
- Physical activity before, during and after school boosts school performance.
- Across the nation, the college and university food bank alliance is working to support food distribution to college students who skip meals. This article shares about one of their initiatives—an urban garden that feeds thousands!
- Students watch their garden flourish!
- In New York, kids can eat a free, nutritious dinner during after school programs.
- The House child nutrition bill (H.R. 5003) continues to be opposed on the national, state and local levels. The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) had 1,400 organizations sign a letter opposing it. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics also wrote a piece on the matter.
- Advocates say that school food budgets could lose money with the current proposal of the child nutrition bill.
- The current child nutrition bill is tough to handle.
- Community Eligibility allows schools with high numbers of low-income children to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students without collecting school meal applications. This option boosts participation in the school meals program and relieves administrative burdens, which allows schools to direct resources into preparing healthy, appetizing meals that fuel students’ minds and bodies. The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) database makes it easy to search and determine which schools in a community or state are eligible, or near-eligible, for the Community Eligibility Provision for school year 2016–2017.
- Culinary students who won their local “Cooking Up Change” award prepare their dishes for the lawmakers working toward a fair Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.
- Have you seen the Food Research and Action Center’s up-to-date analysis of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill?
- H.R. 5003, A bill introduced could reduce the amount of students receiving free and/or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. However, the bill could save the country $1 billion. This money could help schools purchase new equipment for more food storage. Read more here.
- Atlanta schools work with their large-scale food service provider to get an innovative garden program started.
- Witnesses to Hunger offered their suggestions for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Read the report!
- The House child nutrition reauthorization bill received a strong negative response from the US Department of Agriculture. The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior signed on to a letter opposing the legislation. Read the list of signatories here.
- Have you tried these healthy school fundraising tips?
- Here is the research supporting healthier school snacks.
- Schools down south rid of the deep fryer.
- More support for a healthier national school lunch program
- Are healthy school lunches working?
- A version of the child nutrition reauthorization bill which, if made law, would eliminate 7022 schools from using the current community-based eligibility option (i.e. providing free and reduced school lunch to all of students going to school low-income communities). This means, these schools’ students would have to pay full-price for their school meals or self-enroll in the National School Lunch Program. For more information about the National School Lunch Program's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) check this website out.
- Statistics support healthier school lunches here
- The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its fiscal year 2017 spending bill last week. Spending levels weren’t released, but here are policy directives pertain to the USDA consider and approve state exemption from 2014 whole grain requirements and dismissal of the future sodium reduction in school meals. It would also menu labeling rule enforcement at least until December 2016.
- This school's food revenues rebound two years after the implementation of the new nutrition standards.
- Healthy school lunches make a difference. Graphs in this article prove it.
- In Boulder, Colorado they use a school lunch food truck.
- With this one modification, a school doubled its school breakfast participation.
- Farm-to-school in early childhood education works! This report, fact sheet, and infographic shares the data.
- School gardens boost the number of kids eating their greens. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for more farm-to-school resource links.
- Howard County schools share their journey and goals within school nutrition.
- Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans released their draft of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. Find the summary here. The bill slows the implementation of sodium reduction requirements, limits the whole grain requirements, and weakens the Smart Snacks legislation, and makes it more challenging for kids to get free and reduced-priced meals. Democrats dislike this draft. . The Food Research and Action Center feels the same way. The Pew Trust’s child nutrition project also shared a Q&A on the matter.
- The House Appropriations Committee adopted its version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Spending Bill It also allows school meal programs to receive an exemption from meeting the whole grain standards and delays any reduction in sodium in school until the nutrition research supports the move.
- One school districts meal program grows in popularity!
- Small, low-cost changes to a cafeteria’s layout might help high schoolers pick healthier options. But, the jury is still out for this school.
- Arkansas uses school lunch to reduce the amount of hungry students
- Fast facts and figures about growing and eating local foods comes to you from Farm-to-School
- The Federal government is taking steps to fine schools and child nutrition programs if they are not participating in the healthy nutrition standards of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
- Kids taste test food straight from the garden!
- A strong supporter of healthier school lunch shares his opinion.
- Tips for kids to voice their opinion about school nutrition
- More Lancaster public school kids and their families face economic hardship.
- Kathy Fisher of the Philadelphia Hunger Coalition shares a beautiful testimony about the need for food assistance even when schools are closed. Read it here.
- School gardening means better learning, and research proves it.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports Child Nutrition Programs.
- This US Department of Agriculture fact sheet provides direction on using school garden produce in the cafeteria during the school year and for summer meal programs. It also speaks to food safety practices and ways to successfully sustaining garden efforts.
- Innovative schools serve healthful lunches around the world.
- Brooklyn kids cook in their classroom! This video shares it all.
- A chef divides his time between a professional restaurant kitchen and a school kitchen.
- It’s challenging to get kids to eat healthy in and outside of school. But, that’s our job as parents and educators.
- The Senate Agriculture Committee worked on this year’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act , with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. See the Academy’s comments here. Then, review Food Research & Access Center’s take on the matter.
- 10 studies stress the importance of a healthy school lunch.
- A school in Queens switches to a vegetarian lunch menu.
- The President’s budget proposal asks for $35 million for new school kitchen equipment. New gear brings healthier, tastier school breakfasts and lunches and happier kids!
- Family style meals are a hit at 12 school districts in Philadelphia.
- It’s National School Breakfast Week. How will you celebrate? This website houses lots of resources!
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization is around the corner. Follow the Twitter chatter behind it by watching out for resources and articles marked with the #CNR hashtag.
- Eat healthy together! This motto is displayed in Philadelphia's new school lunch environment. The movement was highlighted on the national TV. Now, watch and share on Facebook. #Eatiquette
- In Orange County, grab-n-go breakfasts get the attention of the First Lady.
- In 2017, more funding for school kitchen equipment will help schools serve healthier meals.
- Food and wellness educators, you are change-makers in the classroom and beyond.
- The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) developed the “School Breakfast 2014- 2015 Score Card that measures the reach, impact, and policies behind the federally funded school breakfast program in every state. Find out more by clicking here.
- FRAC also developed this material about maximizing the effect of school breakfasts in larger districts. Click here to review it.
- Indiana celebrates school lunch recipes from Chef Cyndie! This resource contains delicious, healthy, and creative school foodservice recipes used across the state of Indiana. But, it’s a sure bet that some of these recipes will be useful for Pennsylvania schools too!
- On Martin Luther King Day, the President and the First Lady planted a school garden.
- The origins of free school breakfasts
- The number meals, served to Ohio children who need them, skyrocketed by three-fold in one year.
- The number school lunch purchases grow at Grove City.
- When is healthy, too healthy asks lawmakers, school lunch workers, and students? Listen in.
- More kids will be fed all year long with these policy moves.
- Kids across the nation suffer from “hidden hunger”. They don’t starve but nutrient needs aren’t met. See initiatives to treat it!
- Because of various collaboration efforts, children are growing at healthier weights.
- The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) supports the president’s moves to reduce childhood hunger.
- Salud America calls for healthier schools for Latino kids. Look over their 2016 resources, research review, issue brief, and infographics on the matter!
- Chef Ann Cooper shares her thoughts about school nutrition in this list of videos.
- A senate committee held a hearing about improving and passing the Childhood Nutrition Act of 2015. Watch it here.
- A Bronx teacher grows an indoor garden for his students! Get inspired by this teacher here.
- The Childhood Reauthorization Act was passed by a Senate committee.
- In DC, schools open to serve free meals during the blizzard.
- Childhood nutrition is back in the spotlight at Capitol Hill.
- This fact sheet shows the FY 2017 budget requesting $12 billion over ten years to reduce child hunger. During the summer, funding would help make a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer program for Children. It would also create a pilot to automatically enroll kids who qualify for Medicaid into the school lunch program. And more!
- In Philadelphia, a council woman proposes to keep schools open for serving meals when it snows.
- In Lancaster, PA, 600 kids were fed despite school cancelations because of the snow.
- Children go hungry in rural America.
- A number of initiatives were addressed by political leaders during the Senate's “Conversation on Child Hunger in America” meeting. More coverage of the meeting can be found here.
- The Tisch Food Center made a statement about the Senate’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. Some highlights include extending WIC eligibility for children up to age six and doubling funding for the Farm to School Program.
- The Pew’s Kid’s Safe and Healthful Food Project brings the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill to light.
- Kids eat what they grow! Watch it happen!
- The Obama administration held a “Conversation on Child Hunger in America” meeting. Watch the broadcast here.
School meal policy is updated on regularly on the US Department of Agriculture's website.
Congress has completed action on a massive, fiscal year 2016 spending package. Find statutory provisions for agriculture, related programs, and spending charts here.
This spending measure mentioned above extends exemptions for certain schools from the current whole grain standards (on page 24 of the agriculture statement).
Also within the spending document mentioned above, you’ll see spending for nutrition programs in FY 2016. Child Nutrition Programs received a $625 million increase, to $22.1 billion.
- How do school meals and costs vary across the nation?
- A bill in Florida would mandate a recess break for kids.
- Healthier school lunches might have been a struggle to implement, but they are working. Here is the data.
- Review the past five years, and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act brings healthy choices to schools.
- Child nutrition tops the priority list this year for congress.