Back on September 30, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 EXPIRED and Congress has yet to pass a new version of this bill (also known as the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization, or CNR). In order to urge Congress to take immediate action on this critical legislation, the National Farm to School Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are planning a Big Day of Action for Thursday, Oct. 22.
Join us THIS THURSDAY for a big day of advocacy - we’ll be calling on Congress to let them know that Farm to School is proving to be very effective in improving child nutrition and fighting hunger.
Farm to school is a down to earth approach to child nutrition that empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. Together with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and our network of supporters across the country, we are calling on Congress to support continued farm to school success and innovation in the upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization.
In the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Congress established mandatory funding of $5 million annually for a farm to school competitive grant and technical assistance program. The USDA Farm to School Grant Program increases the use of and improves access to local foods in schools – thus boosting farm income and economic opportunities – while also fostering experiential food education for our nation’s children. However, demand for the program is more than five times higher than available funding, so we are excited to announce that the Farm to School Act of 2015 has been introduced in Congress.
The Farm to School Act of 2015 will continue and expand upon the successes of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program by:
- Fully including preschools, summer food service program sites and after school programs on the list of eligible entities;
- Increasing annual mandatory funding from $5 million to $15 million to better meet the high demand and need for this funding;
- Increasing access among tribal schools to farm-fresh and traditional foods, especially from tribal producers; and
- Improve program participation from beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
JOIN US - this policy benefits farmers, families, and kids - our future!