NETWORK is pleased to announce that the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, S. 3307, passed in the House of Representatives on December 2, 2010. The Healthy Hunger Free, Kids Act of 2010 was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, after having cleared the Senate by unanimous consent in August 2010. NETWORK sees this as a step forward for our nation’s children, yet we remain steadfast in our belief that there is more work to be done.
The final $4.5 billion child nutrition reauthorization fell far short of President Obama’s original request for $10 billion in new funding over 10 years. The additional $5.5 billion would have made it easier for eligible children to be enrolled, given additional incentive for use of fresh produce, and increased the reach of out-of-school programs such as summer nutrition programs.
Nonetheless, S. 3307 includes new provisions and makes great strides to protect children from hunger and malnutrition.
2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization includes:
- Utilizing Medicaid to directly certify children into nutritional programs in select states
- Addition of a six-cent performance-based increase in federal reimbursement rate for each lunch served in schools that meets new nutritional standards
- USDA authority to regulate foods sold on school property, such as those foods sold in school vending machines.
- $50 million over 5 years for farm-to-school programs
- Expansion of the Child and Adult Care Feeding Programs / Afterschool Meal Program to all states.
It must be noted that NETWORK is disappointed that $2.2 billion of Child Nutrition Reauthorization funds came from cuts made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). President Obama has vowed to restore funding to SNAP through administrative action, and advocacy organizations across the country, including NETWORK, are actively looking to restore this funding in the current Lame Duck session.