Our nation’s child nutrition programs, including school lunch and breakfast, are still due for renewal by Congress. Despite an effort to move reauthorization of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act forward in the past Congress, differences over drastic funding cuts and changes to nutrition standards and program eligibility stalled progress.
The NEA strongly opposes cuts to child nutrition programs, and supports the nutrition guidelines of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act for the health and well-being of our students. Other NEA priorities in child nutrition reauthorization include providing adequate training and equipment to help school food service professionals provide healthy meals, ensuring that students from families with low-incomes also have access to meals in the summer months, and expanding the Farm to School program to expose students to healthy, locally sourced foods and enrichment activities.
NEA is also monitoring developments in the Farm Bill, also up for renewal. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, is contained in the Farm Bill and could be open to significant cuts. Approximately one in five children in our nation receive SNAP benefits