Many of us associated with the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative have our ears to the ground about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, as we were heavily involved in advocating for a number of components last year – many of which made it into the new bill. So, here’s a quick update on what’s happened with the bill and where it stands today.
- On January 20, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry approved bi-partisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs. The legislation, “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016,” reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
- The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.
- Once that happens, we will encourage the House to take up the Senate bill, but it is unknown whether they will. If action is not taken within the next month or so, the bill may not move through Congress until after the elections.
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow says the bill puts the health of America’s children first. “We are making sure our children get nutritious meals based on smart, science-based policies to give every child a fair shot at success. The investments made in this bill will give important new resources to fight hunger, from WIC to the summer meals program. I urge members of the Senate to support this commonsense bill.”
Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative will continue to keep its members up to date.