President signs $4.5 billion Child Nutrition Funding bill

On December 13 President Obama signed a new $4.5 billion Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization funding bill, funding a range of programs for the next 10 years.
By: Mike Gerecht
Dec. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- President Signs Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization Funding Bill today, December 13

President Obama signs the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization measure today, which will provide $4.5 billion for child nutrition programs over the next 10 years. The signing takes place at a District of Columbia elementary school.

The bill, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S 3307) reauthorizes child nutrition programs for 10 years, improves the quality of nutrition provided to children, increases the number of children who would be able to access nutrition programs, and simplifies involvement in the programs for both schools and nonprofit providers. It also provides for the nationwide expansion of the Afterschool Meal Program, which is now available in only 13 states.

Insider's Tip:
Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor Editor Ray Sweeney and Children & Youth Funding Report Editor Frank Klimko will hold an audioconference on Dec. 16 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., focused on the outlook for children and youth funding opportunities in 2011. The conference will include additional insights about the new child nutrition reauthorization measure.   
For more information on the audioconference visit, or call us at 1-800-666-6380.

Specifically the legislation:  
•   Improves state performance in enrolling eligible children in school lunch programs by setting a performance standard (95% of students required to be directly certified for school lunch programs should be reached) and providing incentives to high performance schools.
•   Expands access to child nutrition programs by requiring school districts to utilize data from Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program to directly certify more students for free school meals.
•   Achieves universal access for high poverty schools by allowing schools or districts serving a high proportion of low-income children to offer free lunches to all students.
•   Allows state WIC agencies the option to certify children for up to one year.
•   Broadens area eligibility rules so more family child care homes can use the program.
A breakdown of the programs under the bill shows many will get increases. These include:

•   Summer Food Service Support Grants.
•   Summer Food Performance Awards.
•   Access to Local Food & School Gardens.
•   Child Hunger Challenge Grants.  
•   Local School Wellness Policy Implementation.
•   Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Grant Program.
•   Organic Food Pilot Program.

For more information on the audioconference visit, or call us at 1-800-666-6380.

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