Nutrition & Food Access


Child Nutrition Bill Gains Support of Representatives McGovern and DeLauro

November 11, 2010

The Child Nutrition reauthorization bill, a landmark opportunity for lawmakers to establish stronger nutrition standards in schools, improved its odds of passage in the lame-duck session of the House this week when Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) removed their opposition to the bill. DeLauro and McGovern had opposed the bill, and in […]

Child Nutrition Reauthorization on Hold until at least November

September 30, 2010

With the adjournment of Congress late last night, among the pieces of legislation left unresolved is the Child Nutrition reauthorization bill.  The bill inched closer to passage in past weeks, and  the White House continues to urge lawmakers to act — see Politico’s recent article on Michelle Obama’s involvement — but those watching the progress […]

Last Opportunity for a Better School Lunch

September 22, 2010

Friday Update — The House will not be taking any votes again until next Wednesday, September 29.  A vote on the child nutrition bill will likely occur on Wednesday or Thursday, so there is still time to act! ACTION ALERT September 22, 2010 Urge Your Representative to Move Forward Now on Farm to School Funding […]

Legislative Update and Action

September 17, 2010

One week down, three weeks maximum left to go before the congressional recess prior to the November elections.  The Senate this week passed the small business tax cut bill and draft bills and trial balloons are circulating on the big tax cut extension bill, but on the four bills left on the NSAC agenda – […]

Congress Back for Three Weeks – Time (Barely) for Action

September 10, 2010

Summer recess has come to a close and Congress returns to Washington next week, with three weeks and less than 12 actual legislative days before the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1. With a packed agenda – including a small business tax bill, extensions of some or all of the 2001 […]

Senate Passes Child Nutrition Bill

August 5, 2010

On Thursday, August 5, the  Senate passed a child nutrition program re-authorization bill by unanimous consent. The bill provides a 6-cent per meal increase in school lunch reimbursements, expands school meal eligibility, and establishes stronger nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.  It also includes $40 million in mandatory funding for the Farm to […]

Legislative Roundup: Farm Credit Funding Passes, Other Food and Farm Legislation Could Move

July 28, 2010

[Friday July 30 update to story below — A measure to fund the Pigford II class action settlement between USDA and black farmers is now expected to come to the Senate floor early next week as a stand alone measure.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) is now not expected to be taken up […]

Ad Calls for Urgent Action on Child Nutrition Bill

July 21, 2010

On Wednesday, July 21, a full page Feeding America advertisement appeared in CQ Today and Roll Call, two Capitol Hill publications, urging Congress to pass a “robust, well-funded child nutrition bill this summer.” Support for the ad stems from a large and diverse group of organizations, including the Alliance to End Hunger, the American Cancer […]

Child Nutrition with Farm to School Passes House Committee

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, the House Education and Labor Committee approved the child nutrition reauthorization bill authored by Chairman George Miller (D-CA) (Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, H.R. 5504) by a vote of 32 -13 with Republicans Todd Platts (PA), Michael Castle (DE), and Vernon Ehlers (MI) joining all of the Democratic members of […]

Time Running Out for a Healthy School Lunch

July 9, 2010

ACTION ALERT July 9, 2010 Urge Your Representative to Move Forward Now on Farm to School Funding in the Child Nutrition Bill! If your Congressman sits on the House Education and Labor Committee – See Chart Below –  please make a call in support of a healthy school lunch. Time is running short for Congressional re-authorization […]

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