The Child Nutrition Act is a federal law that comes up for reauthorization in Congress every five years. It governs the school meal programs, which feed more than 31 million children every school day.
Right now, Congress leaves school lunch programs with only $1 per meal to pay for food. Schools do their best to stretch that dollar, but it's simply not enough to provide kids with the food they need to stay healthy and to perform well in the classroom.
The original deadline for reauthorizing child nutrition programs was September 2009, but it was temporarily extended. Congress is now expected to address school lunch in early 2010.
- Invest in health. Find the funding to give school lunch programs $1 more per child per day.
- Protect kids from the junk food sold in vending machines, cafeterias and school stores. Approve the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2009.
- Link schools to local farms, and teach healthy eating. Guarantee $50 million for Farm to School programs.