Discussion Draft of House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Completed

2016-04-07

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has completed a discussion draft of their Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. Click here to read full language of the House discussion draft. Click here to read SNA’s comments on the bill.

SNA is currently analyzing the bill. Some highlights include: a 2 cent increase in the reimbursement rate for school breakfast; a delay in implementation of forthcoming sodium limits and future limits must be based on further research; whole grain requirements must allow for the service of cultural foods with school meals; foods served as part of reimbursable meals can be sold a la carte; elimination of Paid Lunch Equity requirements; the Administrative Review cycle returns to 5 years; and USDA must periodically review and streamline program requirements. In addition, the bill proposes raising the threshold for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision from 40 percent identified students to 60 percent.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will schedule a markup of the bill, and once approved by committee, the bill will be considered by the full House. In January, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry released The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, Senate legislation to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The Committee unanimously passed the bill, which awaits full Senate consideration. Once the Senate and House pass their respective bills, a conference committee will be appointed to draft a compromise bill for approval by both chambers.

Click here to download the complete Senate bill text.
Click here to download a section by section, detailing the Senate bill’s provisions.

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