The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) also known as the Children Nutrition Reauthorization Bill (CNR) reauthorized many child nutrition feeding programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and Farm-to-School. These programs provide a wide variety of nutritious meals and foods to millions of children nationwide, preparing them to be productive students who are ready to learn.
Schools are increasingly playing a central role in children’s health. Over 31 million children receive meals through the school lunch program and many children receive most, if not all, of their meals at school. With over seventeen million children living in food insecure households and one out of every three children in America now considered overweight or obese, schools often are on the front lines of our national challenge to combat childhood obesity and improve children’s overall health. This legislation includes significant improvements that will help provide children with healthier and more nutritious food options, educate children about making healthy food choices, and teach children healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
The HHFKA was historic in nature and made many needed changes to ensure good health for future generations. Highlights include, but are not limited to:
Changes to meal standards resulting from the HHFKA, were implemented as of July 1, 2012 and are in the process of being phased-in. On July 22, 2016, the USDA announced the final four rules that implement important provisions of the HHFKA, which include: Smart Snacks in School, Local School Wellness Policy, Community Eligibility Provision, and the Administrative Review.