Child Nutrition Reauthorization

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The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (CNR) affects all federal child nutrition programs. Children in low-income households rely on this programming for healthy foods. It’s been nearly a year since the law that makes all federal child nutrition programs possible expired, but Congress has yet to come together to take action, leaving the future of these programs uncertain.

On one hand, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize the federal child nutrition program. The bill, Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, includes key policy changes recommended by United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the child nutrition community in Greater Detroit. These changes would drastically improve school breakfasts and lunches, summer lunches, child and adult-care food programs, after-school snacks and meals, and special programs designed for women, infants and children.

On the other hand, the House of Representatives has its own idea of how these programs should work, and it doesn’t look good for kids. The House version would make meal sites less accessible, lower nutrition standards and be regressive to the progress we’ve made over the last ten years.

Your voice is needed to make sure this bill passes in the Senate and is adopted by the House. Act now to make sure Congress reauthorizes and properly funds these essential children's health programs.