Child Nutrition Reauthorization is still in committee for both the House and Senate bill. We will update the community as we learn more.

2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization

This year, Congress will pass a law to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act. The CACFP Community must use this opportunity to seek program support and improvements. Email, call, or plan a visit with your representatives in Congress!

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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).

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H.R. 3886 Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act     

S.1833 Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act 

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  • Maximize technology and innovation to reduce parent, provider and sponsor paperwork.
  • Increase administrative reimbursement for Sponsoring Organizations of family child care.
  • Streamline program operations by reducing for-profit child care center eligibility determinations from monthly to biannually.
  • Increase reimbursement rates for child care providers in order to support improved meal service.
  • Allow an additional healthy meal or snack for children in care for a full day.
  • Allow a fourth meal to account for the reality that many parents are now working longer and nontraditional hours.
  • Authorize a USDA review and new guidelines to assure a fair and reasonable compliance and appeals process. 

American Center for Progress Report

"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:

  • Increase reimbursement rates to more fully cover the costs of meals
  • Reduce the CACFP area eligibility test to 40 percent of residents living below the federal poverty line, or FPL
  • Allow three meals per day in CACFP to account for the reality that many parents are now working longer and nontraditional hours
  • Reduce CACFP paperwork by expanding direct certification and reforming the complex, two-tiered reimbursement system for family child care homes
  • Bolster the use of CACFP in ensuring safe child care settings
  • Create a small pilot grant program to reward states for using CACFP to support food related costs in preschool expansion


FRAC Child Nutrition Reauthorization

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?

  • National School Lunch Program 
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Summer Food Service Program 
  • Afterschool Snack and Meal Program
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
  • WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program 
  • Special Milk Program

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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#Feeding America


#FeedingAmerica has made it easy for everyone to call their US senator and congress representative. Dial 888-398-8702, enter your zip code, and be the voice our children need!

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.