Child Nutrition

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

Federal child nutrition programs touch the lives of millions of low-income children every day. In a call for flexibility for school meal programs, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-ND) introduced the Permanent Flexibility for School Meals Act. With this legislation in place, schools would be able to use the U.S.

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act offers flexibility and more

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act (ICNEA) H.R. 5003, was introduced Wednesday, April 20 by Rep. Todd Rokita (Republican-Indiana), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education (of the House Education and the Workforce Committee). The bill reauthorizes six child nutrition programs, including the school lunch and breakfast programs. The current authorization expired in September 2015.   

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

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:

NSBA applauds bipartisan effort to reauthorize Child Nutrition Act

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), expressed its qualified support of the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, today, in advance of Wednesday’s committee markup.

NSBA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Act

Alexandria, Va. (January 19, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, expressed its qualified support today of the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) in advance of Wednesday’s (1/20/2016) committee markup.

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).

COSA Webinar: Food for Thought: How New Nutrition Standards Are Affecting School Operations

Take a detailed look at the most recent federal activity on child nutrition programs, and how the new standards are affecting every-day operations in school districts, including outside vendor contracts, fundraising, food trucks, and wellness policies.  We’ll start with a review of key federal actions, including The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the “Smart Snacks” regulations, and new proposed professional standards for child nutrition professionals.  NSBA lobbyist Lucy Gettman will shed some light on how those standards came to be.  Then, COSA member Dionne Tunstall Jenkins will d

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. 

Key Information for School Board Members for Meetings with Members of Congress During the August Congressional Recess

The Congressional August recess presents a unique opportunity for school board members across the country to meet locally and share with their members of Congress public education issues of great importance to their communities. This year, House members will recess from July 31 until September 7, while Senators won’t begin their recess until August 10 continuing through September 7.

During these periods when your federal lawmakers are home we hope that you will engage them in conversation from the local school board member’s perspective.

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