Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act authorizes all of the federal school meal and child nutrition programs. Although these programs are permanently authorized, every five years Congress reviews the laws governing these programs through the reauthorization process. Programs that are affected include the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), the Special Milk Program (SMP), the Afterschool Snack Program (ASP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, signed in 2010, was the last child nutrition reauthorization. Some of the items included in this reauthorization were updating breakfast and lunch meal patterns, establishing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), creating the Smart Snack competitive food standards and establishing local school wellness policy regulations.
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization - Tip Sheet
Mountain Plains Regional Office (MPRO) Update
In 2016, Congress attempted to pass the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and was not successful. Recent information from the US Senate Agriculture Committee has indicated that Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is unlikely to be acted upon during the current fiscal year. MPRO will continue to notify state agencies of any updates regarding Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.
Current Reauthorization Legislation
Partner Organization Summary Resources*
- Congressional Research Service
- Education and the Workforce Committee
- Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
*While the OSN does not take a position on the content of the bills or the reauthorization, partner organizations have reviewed these bills and provided summaries, for your consideration.