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The National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors Association support the CACFP provisions Sec 108 in House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Rokita’s bill reauthorizing the child nutrition programs, the “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003).
"One of the many tools the nation has to support low-income families and their young children is the Child and Adult Care Food Program, or CACFP. The upcoming federal child nutrition reauthorization, or CNR, process provides Congress the opportunity to support early childhood through CACFP. Because CACFP plays an outsized function by leveraging resources, Congress should make a concerted effort to make the program even stronger."
Specifically, the reauthorization bill should:
What is the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act?
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act authorizes all of the federal school meal and child nutrition programs, which provide funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods. The child nutrition programs touch millions of children each day, and improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition and health.
What child nutrition programs are up for review?
In Congress, who has responsibility for Child Nutrition Reauthorization?
In the House of Representatives, the House Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education has jurisdiction over the child nutrition programs. In the Senate, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry's Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research has jurisdiction over the programs.
Who benefits from Child Nutrition Reauthorization?
In 2013, 551 million meals were served in CACFP homes.
What happened in the last Child Nutrition Reauthorization?
in December 2, 2010, the legislation expanded the availability of nutritious meals and snacks to more children in school, in outside school hours programs, and in child care. It also contained a number of provisions to improve the nutritional quality of meals served in schools and preschool settings and to simplify the application process for children and their parents.
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Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. It's not too late to speak up! Call your member of Congress and tell them to pass a strong child nutrition bill that invests in and improves child nutrition programs so that our nation’s children have the fuel they need to grow up healthy and succeed.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convened a work group of 11 experts in child nutrition programs to determine the best path forward for the child nutrition programs for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
Recommendations for The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
• Support adequate funding for CACFP nutrition and wellness education and other training efforts led by qualified staff.
• Provide adequate reimbursement to implement the new proposed improved meal patterns and nutrition standards.
• Streamline access to healthy meals for young children in child care, such as those identified in the CACFP Paperwork Reduction Report Recommendations.