Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Child nutrition bill dies
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts has announced that no agreement could be reached in this Congressional session on the pending Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), which is now more than a year overdue. The CNR is the every-five-year Congressional review and reauthorization of all child nutrition programs, including the school lunch program. The 2010 CNR ushered in new school nutrition standards (more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables). Just two years later, the School Nutrition Association proposed rolling back some of those reforms, a call taken up by conservative House Republicans. The Senate Agriculture Committee hammered out a bipartisan agreement that seemed to satisfy the major stakeholders. But the bill drafted by the House Education & the Workforce Committee would have weakened nutrition standards, significantly limited the Community Eligibility Provision, allowed more junk food on school campuses, and created a three-state block grant pilot for school meals, an idea which some saw as a precursor to dismantling the entire National School Lunch Program.
Source: Civil Eats, 12/7/16, School Meals