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Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Through the reauthorization process, Congress reviews all of the federal child nutrition programs:

  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): Provides free meals and snacks to low-income children during the summer months.
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP): Provides nutritionally balanced lunch to qualified children each school day.
  • The School Breakfast Program (SBP): Provides nutritionally balanced breakfast to qualified children each school day.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Provides nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults in designated child and adult care centers, as well as snacks and suppers to children in afterschool programs
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Provides nutritious foods and nutrition education for low-income, at risk women, infants.
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Reauthorization is scheduled to take place every five years, although the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 expired on September 30, 2015 and has not yet been renewed (instead, Congress continues to appropriate funding,  and programs continue under prior law). In both 2015, and in 2016, both the Senate and House have passed Child Nutrition bills out of committee, but have not come to an agreement on a final bill between the two chambers.

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