Federal Legislation & Regulations

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, while other federal child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast Program (SBP), were created by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

Every five years, Congress reviews and amends these programs through Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The most recent reauthorization law, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, P.L. 111-296, was signed into law on December 13, 2010. Although the 114th Congress considered Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, Congress adjourned in 2016 without passing a final bill.

SNA’s 2022 Position Paper outlines SNA’s advocacy goals in the absence of a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. SNA members can participate in SNA’s advocacy effort by attending SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, utilizing SNA’s Policy Resources, and supporting SNA’s Political Action Committee.

Federal Register Updates:

Visit SNA's Action Network to find recent Rules, proposed changes to Rules, and notices of record collections and studies impacting school nutrition programs. SNA official comments and responses from the U.S. Government are also provided.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Resources:

SNA Policy Updates:

As the USDA releases policy guidance updates on child nutrition programs, SNA tracks these updates in order to keep our members informed. Here are the archived lists of USDA policy guidances.

USDA Resources:

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