Down to the Wire on Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

September 23, 2010

Lunch-serving

The latest news we're hearing is that action is very near on Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. The House is now considering taking up the Senate bill, which invests $4.5 billion in child nutrition but cuts $2.2 billion from SNAP (food stamps) to do so. Congress has until Sept. 30 to act before the current version of the act expires.

As the act is reauthorized only once every five years, this is an important opportunity to shape the future of school food, particularly in light of First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to end childhood obesity in a generation. 

HSC is advocating for a timely reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act that makes kids' health a priority by setting policy and providing funding for healthy school meals. We urge our elected leaders in the House to adequately fund healthy school food without taking money from food stamps.

Be part of the movement for healthy school food by sending a letter to let your Representative know that child nutrition must be a priority.

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For more background on the Child Nutrition Act or the bills currently under consideration, visit HSC's Child Nutrition Resource Center or the Child Nutrition Act section of HSC's blog.