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Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010

WHAT?

 

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.

 

WHY?

 

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.

 

HOW?

 

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:

  •      Created new school meal nutrition standards that align with the latest nutrition science.
  •      Requires all a la carte foods and beverages sold in schools to be aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  •      Allows schools with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students to promote access to healthy food and reduce administrative burdens on schools and families.
  •      Provides grant money to bolster Farm to School connections and establish school gardens.
  •      Expanded After-School Meal Program to all states and made gains in Summer Food Service administration and reach.
  •      Set basic standards for school wellness policies including goals for nutrition promotion and education and physical activity.
  •      Increases program monitoring, requiring school districts to be audited every three years to verify compliance with nutritional standards.
  •      Requires information more readily available to parents about the nutritional quality of meals.
  •      Provides training and technical assistance for school food service providers.

 

WHEN?

 

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.