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(Photo by Jeffrey Nian)
 
 
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, though they still continue to operate. These programs ensure millions of children have access to the nutritious food they need to grow, learn, and thrive.

The programs include:
School Breakfast
National School Lunch
Summer Food Service
Child and Adult Child Care Food
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
 
Child nutrition reauthorization (CNR) did not take place in 2016:  

The Senate Agriculture Committee, the committee in charge of CNR in the Senate, voted “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” (S. 3136) out of committee in January, 2016. No further action has taken place. 

 
The House Education and Workforce Committee, the committee in charge of CNR in the House of Representatives, voted "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003) out of committee in May, 2016. No further action has taken place.
 
 
 

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 Amanda Kritt, Child Nutrition Coordinator
akrittihc@yahoo.com - (312) 629-9580