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Local Wellness Policies in the Child Nutrition Act

Background and History

In the First Session of the 111th Congress, the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act will be up for consideration. The 2009 reauthorization came at a pivotal time in our nation’s understanding of the role of nutrition in the lives of American children. In 2004, approximately 47 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 were either overweight or obese.

In addition, in that same year nearly 18 percent of all households with children were food insecure. The statistics on child obesity and nutrition demonstrate the need for Congress to address the needs of both long-term health and the immediate poverty-related inadequacy in the availability of affordable, nutritious food during the next reauthorization. PTA resolved to make the 2009 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act an opportunity to comprehensively address the conditions contributing to childhood obesity and other child health issues, rather than taking a piecemeal approach. This legislation, which expired on September 30, 2009, covers many essential programs, including:

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
  • To learn more, download the PDF below.

    Additional Resources

    Local Wellness Policies in the Child Nutrition Act
    A history and overview of the critically important nutrition programs under the Child Nutrition Act