What is Child Nutrition Reauthorization?

Every five years, Congress must reauthorize child nutrition programs. Child nutrition programs help our children get the nutrition they need to grow and learn through critical federal programs like the National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, WIC, and School Breakfast Program. We advocate for federal policies and regulations that support and strengthen these vital programs. During this process, Congress will debate new funding levels, ways to strengthen and improve the programs and develop new policies to make sure our nation’s children have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Feeding America is committed to ensuring every child goes to school with a full stomach, ready to learn. Bills such as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) help ensure federal funding for programs that help children who need it most. Some of the programs the bill funds include:

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP): The NSLP provides a nutritionally balanced lunch to qualified children each school day.
  • The School Breakfast Program (SBP): The SBP gives nutritionally balanced breakfast to qualified children each school day.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC provides access to nutritious foods and nutrition education for low-income women, infants and children at nutritional risk.
  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): The SFSP provides free meals and snacks to low-income children during the summer months. Feeding America food banks provide more than 6.5 million meals each summer through this program.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): The CACFP gives 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. Feeding America food banks provide more than 13 million meals each year through this program.
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