NSBA's letter supporting the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act (ICNEA) of 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Federal Advocacy Resources

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act (ICNEA), H.R. 5003,  was introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education (of the House Education and the Workforce Committee). HR 5003 reauthorizes six child nutrition programs, including the school lunch & breakfast programs. The current authorization expired in September 2015. NSBA supports HR 5003 which:

  • Increases stakeholder engagement – including school boards - in policy and implementation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Provides additional flexibility for school districts for whole grain, sodium, a la carte foods and other requirements
  • Authorizes a much needed reimbursement increase for the school breakfast program – two cents per meal at first and three cents beginning in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Prohibits the Secretary from establishing regulations or requirements not explicitly authorized by statute.
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