Wednesday, the House Education and Workforce Committee released a deeply flawed child nutrition reauthorization bill. “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003). Despite strong opposition to the bill from the National CACFP Forum and more than 750 other national, state, and local organizations including CCFP Roundtable representing a broad range of interests and advocacy areas, the measure was approved by the Committee.
The CCFP Roundtable agrees the bill fails to meet the needs of children in child care and out-of-school time settings, and it reduces access to school meals for children from low-income families. The bill contains a number of very damaging provisions including a three state school meal block grant which would limit funding and eliminate guaranteed access for children. This bill would result in countless low-income children no longer having access to the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning. These provisions vastly outweigh the modest improvements for some in CACFP. Question? Isn't it dangerous to put everything else you can think of in front of child hunger? Summary of the entire bill can be found on the Food Research and Action Committee and FRAC's website for up to the minute details.