[montanafood_ag] FW: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes with Farm to School

Matheson, Nancy NMatheson at mt.gov
Fri Dec 3 09:40:06 MST 2010

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes with Farm to School<http://sustainableagriculture.net>

Excerpts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Post on 02 Dec 2010:

On Thursday, December 2, the US House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, otherwise known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill, by a vote of 264 to 157.  Since the bill is identical to the one passed by the Senate in August, it will now be sent to President Obama for his signature.

The bill authorizes $4.5 billion over 10 years to raise the nutritional standards of food in schools.  It includes one of NSAC’s top policy priorities for the year, $40 million in mandatory funding for a new Farm to School program run by the USDA.

The Farm to School program, which was authorized in the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act but never funded, will offer competitive grants to schools or non-profit organizations to develop purchasing relationships with local farmers, plan seasonal menus, build school gardens, develop hands-on nutrition education, and provide solutions to infrastructure problems including storage, transportation, food preparation, and technical training.

Nancy Matheson
Special Projects Coordinator
Agricultural Marketing and Business Development
Montana Department of Agriculture
303 N. Roberts
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201
406.444.9442 fax
nmatheson at mt.gov<mailto:nmatheson at mt.gov>

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