Summer Nutrition Programs

  • The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613, H.R. 1728)
    S. 613 – Introduced February 27 by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) & Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
    H.R. 1728 – Introduced March 26 by Representative Don Young (R-AK) & Rick Larsen (D-WA).

    What it does: Enhances efforts to expand the reach of the Summer Food Program to low-income children and significantly simplify the administration of the program for sponsors.

    Advocacy Resources: FRAC’s bill summary (pdf) and State Maps demonstrating what improving the area eligibility test from 50 to 40 percent would mean for each state.

  • The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (S. 1539, H.R. 2715)
    S. 1539 – Introduced June 10 by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).
    H.R. 2715 – Introduced June 10 by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA).

    What it does: Provides low-income families with children an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, for the summer to purchase food. This bill would offer another food resource for low-income children in addition to the Summer Nutrition Programs. This bill is intended to provide an additional support for children during the summer months, and does not replace the existing Summer Nutrition Programs.

    Advocacy Resource: FRAC’s bill summary (pdf).

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  • The Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015 (S. 1833)
    S. 1833: Introduced July 22 by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).

    What it does: Expands and strengthens the Child and Adult Care Food Program so more children have access to nutrition meals and snacks in child care centers, family day care homes, and afterschool programs.

    Advocacy Resources: FRAC’s bill summary (pdf).

  • The Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act (H.R. 3886)
    Introduced November 3 by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

    What it does: Expands and strengthens the Child and Adult Care Food Program so more children have access to nutritious meals and snacks in child care centers, family day care homes, and afterschool programs.

    Advocacy Resources: FRAC’s bill summary (pdf).

School Meals

  • The School Food Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 540/H.R. 3316)
    S. 540 – Introduced February 24 by Senators Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
    H.R. 3316- Introduced July 29 by Representatives Lou Barletta (R-PA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME).

    What it does: Improves the ability of schools to serve nutritious and appealing food by helping schools to purchase kitchen equipment, as well as provide training and technical assistance to school food personnel.

    Advocacy Resources: The PEW Charitable Trust’s bill summary

  • Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 1937/H.R. 3502)
    S. 1937 – Introduced August 4 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
    H.R. 3502 – Introduced September 11 by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

    What it does: Improves access to free meals for Native students who attend school on or near a reservation and allows tribal governments to administer child nutrition programs.

    Advocacy Resources: New Mexico Appleseed’s Bill Summary (pdf)

  • Improving School Nutrition Training Act (H.R. 3817)
    H.R. 3817- Introduced October 23 by Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Representative John Katko (R-NY).
    What it does: Encourages professional trainings for school food service employees be conducted during regular work hours and ensures proper notification and compensation for after-hours professional trainings. This bill also safeguards food service employees from being penalized if he/she is unable to attend an after-hours training.