Child Nutrition Reauthorization
The nation’s child nutrition programs were due to be reauthorized in 2015. These important programs provide meals to millions of children – the National School Lunch Program alone serves more than 31 million students per day and operates in nearly 95 percent of public schools nationwide. Supported by Congress for over half a century, the federal child nutrition programs provide schools with technical and financial resources to ensure that all students have access to nutritious meals and snacks. Federal guidelines for school meals require, dependent upon age, that students be served between ¾ to one cup of vegetables at lunch and a 1/2 cup to one cup of fruit at breakfast and lunch. United Fresh’s priority is to protect and support programs and policies that increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, including healthier school meals and snacks, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), and ensuring schools have access to adequate school kitchen equipment to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables.
United Fresh’s 115th Congress Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) priorities:
- Maintain the fruit and vegetable nutrition standards for school meals, including the serving requirements for fruit and vegetables at lunch and breakfast.
- Protect the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) by ensuring students are only offered fresh produce.
- Increase commodity assistance for breakfast to help ensure schools have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Include the School Food Modernization Act to authorize funding for needed cafeteria equipment and infrastructure to ensure schools have the tools they need to serve fresh fruits and vegetables.
United Fresh Action:
September 9, 2015 | Letter from the Fresh Produce Industry on Child Nutrition Reauthorization