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Federal Legislative Update
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was signed by President Obama on December 13, 2010. This act reauthorizes programs under the Child Nutrition Act. Some of these programs include:
- School breakfasts and lunches
- Local wellness policies
- Summer Food Service Program
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children
What does this mean for our children and family? This legislation:
- makes significant investment in anti-hunger measures,
- improves nutrition quality of all foods served in schools throughout the school day, and
- provides a wide variety of supports necessary for school food service workers to meet the needs of American children.
What will National PTA's role be in implementation of this Act for our children?
- National PTA will be closely involved with the implementation of these reforms and improvements.
- National PTA will keep parents and communities informed of the issues affecting our children.
- National PTA will be watching to see that school food service providers will be given the support they need to implement and improve how they serve our children to the new standards.
- National PTA will be watching to see that our children are being served the high-quality nutritious offerings that they need to reach their full potential.
- National PTA will be provided a forum for public comment on a number of aspects of the new law that will be put forth through proposed rules and regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
National PTA will be releasing their comments on the USDA's recently proposed new meal standards for school lunches and breakfasts, and these will be shared with you then.
Michigan PTSA Federal Legislative Representative