Child Nutrition Reauthorization Priorities

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Early Childhood Nutrition Priorities

 Bill Name
 Bill Number
 Sponsors  Co-Sponsors  Description
Access to Nutritious Meals for Young Children Act S. 2749

H.R. 4402
Senate:
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

House:
Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Senate:
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Susan Collins (ME)
Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

House:
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Earl Blumenauer (OR)
Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Phil Hare (IL)
Steve Kagen (WI)
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Howard Berman (D-CA)
Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Joe Baca (D-CA)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

Michael Arcuri (D-NY)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Glenn Nye (D-VA)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NY)


CACFP Nutrition Quality:

Increases CACFP Reimbursement.

Adds a third meal or snack option for CACFP centers and homes.

Improves area eligibility for CACFP homes.

Increases administrative rate for sponsoring organizations.

Streamlines and simplifies programs.


Out-of-School Time Priorities

 Bill Name
 Bill Number
 Sponsors  Co-Sponsors  Description
The Improved Program Access ActS. 3040

H.R. 4734
Senate:
Richard Lugar (R-IN)

House:
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Todd Platts (R-PA)
Senate:
Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Thad Cochran (R-CA)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)   
Area Eligibility:
Improves the area eligibility test by lowering the threshold for Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs from 50 percent to 40 percent.  

Provides $10 million for summer transportation grants.

Afterschool Flexibility to Expand Reimbursement for School Meals Act of 2009

S. 990

H.R. 3321
Senate:
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Richard Lugar (R-IN)

House:
Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Senate:
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

House:
Andre Carson (D-IN)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Donna Edwards (D-MD)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Gregorio Sablan (I-MP)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Pete Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Alan Grayson (D-FL)
Ron Klein (D-FL)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Bruce Braley (D-IA)
Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
Al Green (D-TX)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Paul Tonko (D-CA)

(Total: 27 Co-sponsors)

Afterschool Meals:

Expands the Afterschool Meal program nationwide. (Currently it is only available in CT, DC, DE, IL, MD, MI, MO, NV, NY, OR, PA, WI, WV, VT.)

Allows schools to serve afterschool meals through NSLP. (Currently the program must be operated through CACFP.)

Provides funding to state agencies to support efforts to expand participation.





Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access Act
H.R. 4274
House:
Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

House:
Al Green (D-TX)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Robert Brady (D-PA)
John Conyers (D-MI)
Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Peter Welch (D-VT)
Joe Baca (D-CA)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
Pete Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Streamline Afterschool Meals and Snacks:

Allows community-based and local government afterschool providers in all states to provide nutritious meals and snacks year-round through the Summer Food Service Program.

Complements the Afterschool Meals Act by streamlining out-of-school time nutrition programs for nonprofit and local government sponsors.





         


School Meals Priorities

 Bill Name
 Bill Number
 Sponsors  Co-Sponsors  Description
Healthy Start ActH.R. 4638Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Jim Himes (D-CT)
Heath Shuler (D-NC)
Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Commodity Support for School Breakfast

Provides commodity assistance to States for schools participating in the school breakfast program; sets the reimbursement rate of donated foods for the school breakfast program at 5 cents, adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.

The Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act  H.R. 4325 House:
Paul Tonko (D-NY)


House:
Keith Ellison (D-MN)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Al Green (D-TX)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Jesse Jackson (D-IL)
Jared Polis (D-CO)
Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
Universal Classroom Breakfast Programs:  

Sets up a competitive grant program for states to apply for to award sub-grants to schools.

Allows schools to use grant money for the start-up costs associated with establishing a universal classroom breakfast program, including purchasing equipment, training staff, securing technical assistance, and distributing materials to encourage participation.

Requires schools receiving grant money to agree to provide breakfast in the classroom free of charge to all students for at least three years.

Targets grants to schools with the highest percentages of students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals.


Hunger Free Schools Act

(Incorporates S.1226, the Paperless Enrollment for School Meals Act and S.1293, the Enhancing Child Health with Automatic School Meal Enrollment Act)




S. 1343

H.R. 4148
Senate:
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

House:
David Loebsack (D-IA)

Senate:
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Bernard Sanders (D-VT)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

House:
Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
Judy Chu (D-CA)
Susan Davis (D-CA)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Al Green (D-TX)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Betty McCollum (D-MN)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Jared Polis (D-CO)
Robert Scott (D-VA)
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Jesse Jackson (D-IL)

Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)


Direct Certification and Paperless Applications / Universal Meals:

Requires school districts to utilize Medicaid and SCHIP data for direct certification for children with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line.

Sets a state performance standard for direct certification. Requires that states that directly certify less than 95 percent of eligible children implement a corrective action plan for the current year, and a improvement plan for the following year.

Allows high-poverty schools to serve universal free breakfast and lunch for five years and receive reimbursement based on local socioeconomic data rather than applications.

Adds categorical eligibility for military families.


Paperless Enrollment for School Meals Act of 2009

(Note: Rolled into Hunger Free Schools Act, S.1343)
S.1226

H.R. 2803
Senate:
Robert Casey (D-PA)

House:
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Senate:
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Arlen Specter (D-PA)

House:
Robert Brady (D-PA)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
Paperless Applications / Universal Meals:

Allows high-poverty schools to serve universal free breakfast and lunch for five years and receive reimbursement based on local socioeconomic data rather than applications.




Enhancing Child Health with Automatic School Meal Enrollment Act of 2009

(Note: Rolled into Hunger Free Schools Act, S.1343)

S. 1293 Michael Bennet (D-CO) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Direct Certification:

Sets a state performance standard for direct certification. Requires that states that directly certify less than 95 percent of eligible children implement a corrective action plan for the current year, and a improvement plan for the following year.




The Student Breakfast and Education Improvement Act of 2009
S. 1480

H.R. 3277
Senate:
Herb Kohl (D-WI)

House:
Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Senate:
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Jon Tester (D-MT)

House:
Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)
Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Eric Massa (D-NY)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Pete Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Pete Stark (D-CA)
Andre Carson (D-IN)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Jessie Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Jim McGovern (D-MA)

(Total: 16 Co-Sponsors)





Breakfast Expansion:

Provides competitive grants for breakfast expansion efforts to schools with at least 65% of students eligible for free and reduced meals.

Encourages universal breakfast served in the classroom and the incorporations of local food into breakfast and lessons.






Balancing Act of 2009
H.R. 3047
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) House:
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Timothy Bishop (NY)
Robert Brady (PA)
Andre Carson (IN)
John Conyers (MI)
Danny Davis (IL)
Rosa DeLauro (CT)
Keith Ellison (MN)
Sam Farr (CA)
Alan Grayson (FL)

(Total: 43 Co-Sponsors)

Universal Breakfast; Afterschool Meal Program Expansion; Elimination of Reduced Priced Lunch:

Includes a provision allowing all schools to serve breakfast free of charge to all students. Provides start-up assistance for schools to begin serving breakfast.

Expands the existing Afterschool Meal Program from ten states to all through CACFP (does not allow schools to serve meals through NSLP)

Allows schools to serve free lunch to students at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty line. (Eliminates the reduced-price category for lunch.)






Expand School Meals Act of 2009
S. 1737

H.R. 3705
Senate:
Al Franken (D-MN)

House:
Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Senate:
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Mark Begich (D-AK)

House:
John Conyers (D-MI)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Alcee Hastings (D-SFL)
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Joe Baca (D-CA)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)
Andre Carson (D-IN)
Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

(Total: 45 Co-Sponsors)






Elimination of School Meal Reduced-Priced Category and Stigma:

Raises the threshold for free meals to 185 percent of the poverty line.

Includes provisions aimed at alternate meal polices to reduce stigma.





The Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2009
S. 934
 
H.R. 1324

Senate:
Tom Harkin (D-IA) / Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

House:
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Senate:
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Thomas Carper (D-DE)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

(Total: 31 Co-Sponsors)

House:
Jason Altmire (D-PA)
Robert Andrew (D-NJ)
Joe Baca (D-CA)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)
Timothy Bishop (R-NY)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Robert Bradley (D-PA)

(Total: 163 Co-Sponsors)





Competitive foods:

Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish science-based nutrition standards for foods served on school campuses outside the school meals programs.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Other Bills

 Bill Name  Bill Number  Sponsors   Co-Sponsors  Description
Farm to School Improvements Act of 2010H.R. 4710House:
Rush Holt, (D-NJ)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
Keith  Ellison (D- MN)
Kendrick Meek (D- FL)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)


Farm to School:

Provides $50 Million (over 5 years) in for a competitive grant program for Farm to School Projects
Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Act of 2009H.R. 4333Sam Farr (D-CA)Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Bruce Braley (D-IA)
Lois Capps (D- CA)
Russ Carnahan (D- MO)
Jim Costa (D-CA)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Diana DeGette (D- CO)
Bob Filner (D – CA)
Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Maurice Hinchey (D- NY)
 Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Jesse Jackson, Jr (D- IL)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Steve Kagen (D-WI)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Jim McGovern (D- MA)
Michael Michaud (D-ME)
James Moran(D-VA)
Todd Platts (R-PA)
Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Laura Richardson (D- CA)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Joe Sestak (D- PA)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)


Farm to School:

$100 Million for School Kitchen Equipment

$20 Million (over 2 years) for School Salad Bars

$50 Million (over 5 years) for a competitive grant program for Farm to School Projects

This bill also directs the Secretary to promulgate a final rule to update the nutrition standards and meal requirements for School Meal programs no later than September 2011.

Military Family Nutrition Protection Act of 2009
S. 581
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

(Total: 18 Co-Sponsors)

Military Family Income and Eligibility:

Excludes combat pay from household income in calculating a child's eligibility for free or reduced price meals, and from a family’s income in calculating SNAP and WIC eligibility.
Healthy Food For Healthy Schools Act
S. 1650

H.R. 4607
Senate:
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

House:
David Loebsack (D-IA)

House:
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D- DC)



Commodities in School Meals:

Directs USDA to create models for the procurement and processing of commodities so that they meet the most recent dietary guidelines (in line with FRAC’s policy recommendations).

Stop Obesity in Schools Act of 2009
H.R. 2044
Nita Lowey (D-NY)


Childhood Obesity:

Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a national strategy to reduce childhood obesity.




Healthy Food Choices for Kids Act
H.R. 2322

Bruce Braley (D-IA)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Phil Hare (D-IL)
David Loebsack (D-IA)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)

Nutrition Education:

Awards grants to up to 10 states for nutrition education.





White House Conference on Food and Nutrition


H.R. 2297
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Conference on Food and Nutrition:

Directs the President to convene a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition in order to make fundamental policy recommendations on ways to end hunger and to improve nutrition in the United States.

Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of the Treasury to plan and conduct the Conference.

America's Right-to-Eat Rescue Act of 2009
H.R. 501 Joe Baca (D-CA)
James McGovern (D-MA)
John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)
Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Pete Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Bobby Rush (D-IL)
Robert Brady (D-PA)

Poverty Line and Eligibility:

Requires that all States and the District of Columbia use the poverty line currently determined for Alaska during a 6-month period for the purpose of carrying out the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.




School Food Recovery Act
H.R. 1403
Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Don Young (R-AK)
Daniel Manzullo (R-IL)
Mark Souder (R-IN)
Ahn Cao (R-LA)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Sue Myrick (R-NC)
Zack Space (D-OH)
Chet Edwards (D-TX)
Joseph Pitts (D-PA)

(Total: 11 Co-Sponsors)

Donations of School Food:

Requires schools participating in the school lunch program to donate any excess food under such program to tax-exempt food banks or charitable organizations in their localities.