Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Time for Serious Reform, Not Tinkering

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act made a number of significant changes in the child nutrition programs. This paper focuses on two of these changes: the increasing federal control of school meals through the nutrition standards; and the expansion of eligibility for school meals to include many middle- and high-income households.

Instead of assuming that this flawed law should be the starting point from which to make changes, legislators should identify sound policy options and then develop legislation accordingly. This means developing meal standards that respect the role of parents and local decision-making and avoid expanding the welfare state to cover many middle-class and wealthy families.

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