Child Nutrition and WIC

More Than 28,000 Schools Can Become Hunger Free

The Community Eligibility Provision is a powerful new tool to ensure that low-income children in high-poverty neighborhoods have access to healthy meals at school. Established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, next year community eligibility will allow more than 28,000 schools in high-poverty neighborhoods to offer nutritious meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to all students at no charge.



School Districts and Schools That Are Eligible for the School Meals Community Eligibility Provision

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, high-poverty schools and school districts in all states will be eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to help reduce hunger and make school meal programs more efficient. School districts have until August 31, 2014 to opt in.


Commentary: Is Congress About to Undercut Progress Against Childhood Obesity?

The Senate this week will consider the annual Agriculture Department funding bill, which covers the child nutrition programs and includes measures promoted by industry lobbyists that would undercut reforms designed to improve children’s nutrition and combat childhood obesity. It’s critical that senators reject any amendments that would further weaken reforms. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department funding bill that the House began considering includes even more damaging measures. When the House resumes its consideration of the bill, members will have an opportunity to improve it. Read more

Related: House Should Drop School Meal Waivers from Agriculture Spending Bill

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