Issue Brief: Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Federal Advocacy Resources

NSBA is deeply committed to fostering a healthy and positive learning environment for children to achieve their full potential. At a time when education is acknowledged as a priority for America’s success and competitiveness, it is imperative that federal policy—including child nutrition laws and regulations—ensures that educational systems and local governance are supported, not undermined by unfunded mandates or under-resourced requirements.

In the 2016 reauthorization, NSBA urges Congress to incorporate flexibility in whole grain content and sodium reduction targets in the reauthorization to ameliorate financial and operational barriers to compliance. Further, Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should provide meaningful and ongoing opportunities for local school boards to inform implementation of the law.

NSBA continues to lead efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, through congressional testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, a national pulse poll, and support for legislation, such as the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act and the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act.

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