The April 14th meeting of the FSNYC Policy Committee, facilitated by Kristen Mancinelli, City Harvest, will cover an important upcoming federal legislation, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), and focus on ways to engage NYC groups to advocate for their priorities in this legislation. Join us, Tuesday, April 14th, 2:15-3:15, immediately following the Open Networking Meeting at Citizens Committee for NYC, 305 7th Ave, 15th floor, NY NY.
Why the Child Nutrition Reauthorization is important to New York City:
Later this year the federal government will reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act (CNA). This legislation sets rules and funding levels for the major school-based nutrition programs, including the School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Food Service Program. New York City has much to gain from improvements to and increased funding for programs in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). These programs collectively bring over $350 million into New York City each year and provide food to over 860,000 NYC schoolchildren every day.
Other federal programs authorized under the CNA, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the WIC program for women, infants and children, bring upwards of $500 million in federal funding to New York State each year, much of that going to recipients under five years old in New York City.
Within the CNR there is an opportunity to:
• Increase healthy food access and reduce child hunger
• Support the nutritional health of the city’s most vulnerable populations
• Modernize infrastructure and reduce energy use and pollution
• Stimulate economic activity and support the regional economy