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CNR is Dead! Long Live CNR!

December 13, 2016

If there’s one thing time doesn’t do it is stand still – except in the case of the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). At the end of September last year, child nutrition, farm to school, and anti-hunger advocates –including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) – were wringing our hands and lamenting the failure of […]

RFA Roundup: Deadlines for Federal Food and Farm Program Grants

October 28, 2016

The start-up of the new fiscal year (FY) means that many food and farm programs have started to get out Requests for Applications (RFAs) for their grant programs. While a flood of grant program announcements is generally good news, with so many coming out in the midst of a busy election year, it can be […]

Farm to School Grant Funding Now Available

September 16, 2016

Farm to school programs are a win for kids, farmers, and communities. They empower our children and their families by informing them about their food system and giving them the tools and confidence to make healthy choices. At the same time they support local farmers financially by connecting them to new market opportunities. In March, […]

House Child Nutrition Bill Supports Farm to School, But Big Issues Remain

April 26, 2016

Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the full House Education and Workforce Committee, recently introduced the long-awaited and highly-anticipated House Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization bill (CNR). The House bill, filed on April 20, 2016, is titled the “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” […]

Farm to School Programs Invest in Future of Our Children and Our Family Farmers

March 16, 2016

Farm to school programs are a win for kids, farmers, and communities. They empower our children and their families by informing them about their food system and giving them the tools and confidence to make healthy choices. At the same time they support local farmers financially by connecting them to new market opportunities. On Tuesday, […]

Senate Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approves Child Nutrition Bill

January 20, 2016

Senate Agriculture Committee takes a critical step forward by voting on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization

RELEASE: Senate Bill Offers Hope for a Child Nutrition Act reauthorization in 2016

January 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ferd Hoefner (NSAC) 202-547-5754 Erin McGuire (NFSN) 207-749-7249 Senate Bill Offers Hope for a Child Nutrition Act reauthorization in 2016 Washington, DC, January 20, 2016 – In a critical first step forward, the Senate Agriculture Committee will today begin markup of their draft of the long-delayed Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. The […]

Child Nutrition Act Markup Finally On the Calendar

January 13, 2016

  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced the highly anticipated Senate markup for the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). The markup of the Senate’s draft bill, the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 20th at 10 a.m. […]

Farm to School Grant Awards Announced for 2014

November 19, 2013

In his third communication in as many days on the importance of local and regional food systems and marketing for America’s farmers and rural communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Fiscal Year 2014 awardees of the national Farm to School Grant Program. USDA awarded $5.2 million in grants to 71 funded […]

Organizations Urge Congress to Fund Farm to School

May 5, 2010

This Monday, May 3, NSAC and 40 other national agriculture, health, and food business organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate Congressional leaders urging them to include $50 million in mandatory funding for programs linking farmers with local schools as part of the 2010 Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. Among the signers were American Public […]