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Shifting Power for a Racially Just Food System through Federal Policy
Farm to school is a common sense approach to child nutrition that has the opportunity to advance racial equity in the food system and benefit everyone in our communities. Farm to school is a win for kids when they eat nourishing food in meals and snacks, participate in hands-on activities and learn about the importance of where our food comes from; a win for farmers when school market opportunities provide reliable and consistent sales and fair pay; and a win for communities when food is grown, distributed, prepared and consumed for the benefit of every community member. As Congress takes up the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR), we have an important opportunity — the first in a decade — to leverage federal farm to school and other child nutrition policies to shift power towards a racially just food system.
Together with our network of partners and supporters across the country, we call on all Members of Congress to show their commitment to the well-being of our nation’s kids, family farmers, and food-producing communities by strengthening farm to school and advancing racial equity opportunities in the next CNR. Here’s how.
What is CNR? The Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization ("CNR") authorizes federal school meal and child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, among others. The package of bills that make up CNR is meant to be reauthorized every five years, but the last CNR to pass was the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. That makes this upcoming CNR a once-in-a-decade opportunity to strengthen the programs that feed our nation's kids.
We believe that building the next CNR on these six shared community values will move us closer to a just, equitable food system that promotes the health of all school children and benefits producers, workers, educators, and their communities:
In order for these values to be realized, it is important that the most impacted stakeholders in our communities have a core role in the development and implementation of the next CNR.
We call on legislators to realize these values through a Child Nutrition Reauthorization that:
Have questions about National Farm to School Network's advocacy and priorities for the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization?
Contact our Policy Staff here.