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Reauthorization of child nutrition programs moves forward

NEA provided our principles for strengthening child nutrition programs to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in connection with the committee hearing last week on Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR).

CNR is supposed to occur every five years, but has not happened since 2010, when the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law. That law remains in force although it expired in September 2015.  Most importantly, we believe healthy school meals should be provided to all students, at no cost to them, a step that would improve their health and classroom performance; eliminate the stigma of student meal debt; and relieve schools of cumbersome paperwork. Our other principles include:

  • Providing ongoing professional development and training for school food service staff, at no cost to the employees, during regular, paid working hours. (These improvements are included in the Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act.)
  • Increasing access to “out-of-school-time” programs that provide meals and snacks at schools and other sites when children are not in school, such as summer.
  • Directing communications about school meal debts directly to parents and guardians to ensure students are not stigmatized.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created and expanded programs to address hunger in our nation. Members can build on those efforts during Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The goal should not be to return to pre-pandemic conditions, but to make sure all children have access to healthy, nutritious meals that prepare them for learning.


Email your senators and representative and ask them to support Child Nutrition Reauthorization that expands access to healthy, nutritious school meals.

10 responses to “Reauthorization of child nutrition programs moves forward

    1. Can we not think outside the box & maybe enlist mega food corporations like Starbucks to help somehow?

    2. I agree.

      Can we also think outside the box for resources of funding assistance & global distribution know-how and have a conference panel with some of the best local & national grocery stores, restaurant chains, that are already still doing fine in this economic environment? How about Target, Starbucks, Portillo’s, Whole Foods & Trader Joes for instance? Also, add Bill & Melinda Gates to the mix…?

      Keep up the good work! Thank YOU!

  1. “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created and expanded programs to address hunger in our nation. Members can build on those efforts during Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The goal should not be to return to pre-pandemic conditions, but to make sure all children have access to healthy, nutritious meals that prepare them for learning.”

    This is the United States of America. We should all help provide the foundation for learning that all students deserve. I am sure that most, if not all of these children will be grateful for the rest of their lives, and as adults, try to pay it forward.

  2. Janet just justified one of the reasons why there should be common sense gun laws as she posted that on a child nutrition program forum.

    In response to the program posted, children deserve a good, healthy meal when they are at school.

  3. And, what, if a gun owner decides to run amuck and wipe out a few people randomly, well, gee, what’s the big deal? WAKE UP!!!

  4. vote “NO” We respect the second amendment!!!! An individual HAS THE RIGHT to own a gun!!!!! Janet Guariglia

    1. Actually Regina, this is where you are dead wrong. It was Republican/Trump policies on cutting back on school lunches and rolling back on healthy meal initiatives ( reduced sugar and whole grain foods, natural fruits not packaged fruits, vegetarian options etc.) put forth by Michelle Obama which Ruined lunchtime for our kids. I do meal time therapy as a therapist weekly in inner city schools and saw the drastic change in the school lunches as soon as the administration changed hands. And I am not even a Democratic so no political association here but rather it’s the truth. It was a cost cutting move that continues to have serious nutritional impact on our poor and impoverished inner-city communities.

  5. Healthy Meals should be provided to students at no cost to them. Being an elementary teacher, I witness first-hand the affects of students having food insecurity and how it affects their overall well-being.

    Also, there are very few instances where food-service workers receive professional development or opportunities to improve their professional practices.

    Please ensure children have access to healthy nutritious meals.

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