Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2010

Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2010

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act signed in December 2010 authorizes all the federal school meal and child nutrition programs that provide funding to ensure low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods. The child nutrition programs touch millions of children each day. Over 31 million children receive meals through the school lunch program. The School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program are permanently authorized. However the other child nutrition programs that affect school nutrition operators must be reauthorized every five years. Reauthorization provides an opportunity to improve and strengthen these programs so they better meet the needs of our nation’s children. The other programs are Child and Adult Care Food Program; Summer Food Service Program; Afterschool Snack and Meal Program; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program; and Special Milk Program.

In general, the 2010 legislation improves nutrition and focuses on reducing childhood obesity, increases access, and increases program monitoring and integrity. More specifically, it gives USDA the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in schools during the school day, including vending machines, the “a la carte” lunch lines, and school stores; builds on USDA work to improve nutritional quality of commodity foods that schools receive from USDA and use in their breakfast and lunch programs; makes “competitive” foods sold or offered in schools more nutritious; provides additional funding to schools that meet updated nutritional standards for federally-subsidized lunches; broadens the Afterschool Meal Program to cover all 50 states (currently it covers just 13); changes summer food rules to make it easier for nonprofits to operate; and requires school districts to be audited every three yearsto improve compliance with nutritional standards.

The following links will provide details on the legislation and its implementation:
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act
White House News Release

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act
Full text of the final Act, Public Law 111-296

Concise summary of the Act

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Find the full text of the final Act, Public Law 111-296; resources and guidance; and final and interim rules issued to implement the law.

Implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
From the School Nutrition Association
Includes summary information and timelines for implementation.