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Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Signed Into Law

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On December 2, the House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act (S.3307).  Signed into law by President Obama on December 13, this important piece of legislation is a victory for hungry children.  If your Representative voted in support of this important piece of legislation, visit the Hunger Action Center today to express your appreciation of their support.

A few highlights of the new law:

  • Expands the CACFP Afterschool Meal Program to all 50 states (currently operates only in 13 states)
  •  Eliminates limits on the number of Summer Food sites each sponsor can run (currently each sponsor cannot operate more than 25 sites)
  • Authorizes $20 million dollars for Summer Food Support grants for sponsors to establish and maintain programs
  • Makes foster children automatically eligible for free school meals
  • Eliminates complex administrative tasks for determining eligibility for children 
  • Increases the nutritional quality of meals provided to children
  • Allows state WIC agencies the option to certify children for up to one year (currently children must be certified every 6 months)

Click here to read the remarks by President Obama and the First Lady during the signing of the bill.

Click here for a comparison of provisions of the new law related to the current law.