School Meals

NSBA Director Neil Putnam joins Rep. Noem in calling for flexibility in school lunch programs

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-ND) today issued a press release on the need for greater flexibility in the regulations governing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Rep. Noem expressed concern after a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.4 million children during the 2010-11 and 2013-14 school years. The report concluded “new federal nutrition requirements contributed to the decrease.”

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).

New Universal Meal Service Option Now Available for High-Poverty School Districts

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) nationwide include a new universal meal service option, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which has been phased in by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past several years. CEP was created through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and allows qualifying high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students without requiring families to complete an annual household application. 

NSBA Letter to Senators Hoeven and King in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King, NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law.

NSBA Letter to Representatives Davis and Ashford in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Representative Rodney Davis and Representative Brad Ashford of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law. This is a companion bill to the one introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King.

NSBA Letter to Senators Hoeven and King in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King, NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law. This is a companion bill to the one introduced by Representative Rodney Davis and Representative Brad Ashford of the House Subcommittee on Nutr

NSBA Letter to Representatives Davis and Ashford in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Representative Rodney Davis and Representative Brad Ashford of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law. This is a companion bill to the one introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King. 

Bipartisan bill to provide relief for schools -- Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) introduced the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act on June 5, which would provide school districts much needed flexibility from current overly restrictive whole grain and sodium requirements for national school lunch and breakfast programs.  A companion bill was introduced by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) last month.

Letter in Support of Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

This letter, sent by NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel to Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Subcomittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, outlines NSBA's support for the flexibility for local school leadership established by the Healthy School Meals Flexiblity Act.

New bill to provide healthy school meals and flexibility for schools

Introduced today by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-Maine), the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act offers school districts relief in meeting some of the most onerous requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 -- specifically the whole grain products and sodium standards requirements -- while ensuring that students receive healthy, nutritious school meals. 

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