Senate Agriculture Committee markup of the child nutrition reauthorization postponed

With Congress back in session, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to prioritize the reauthorization of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA).

The current child nutrition bill, HHFKA, which authorizes six food programs, including the school lunch and breakfast programs, serving 30 million children, is set to expire on September 30. If Congress does not meet the September deadline, authorization of the school meals programs will continue in its current form, however legislation is needed to make any changes or improvements.

Both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Education & the Workforce Committee have conducted hearings on the child nutrition reauthorization (CNR), including one featuring Indiana school board member and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Director John Payne.  While this week’s anticipated CNR markup was postponed, NSBA continues to urge lawmakers to reauthorize this legislation and restore the local leadership and flexibility school districts need to provide nutritious and appetizing meals, best serving their students.

Learn more about NSBA’s position on school nutrition programs and view NSBA’s Pulse Poll on School Meal Requirements for more information.

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