Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010

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Policy Analysis of Healthy, Hunger-Free, Kids Act, 2010
The purpose of this paper is to analyze the federal Healthy, Hungry-Free, Kids Act 2010 (Public Law: 111-296), provide an overview of the literature, discuss the implementation process, evaluate the policy, and explain its continued support. However, the research will also provide criticisms of the policy. The Healthy, Hunger-Free, Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA 2010) currently awaits re-authorization, and funding by Congress. HHFKA 2010 existed originally as part of the Congressional re-authorization process, to the original 1966 Child Nutrition Act, (CNA 1966) which several nutrition programs for school aged children. CNA 1966 was the result of President Johnsons’ “War on Poverty”
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Other information is provided by the USDA, Food Research and Action Center, Federal Register, Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, explaining the policies and implementation of HHFKA …show more content…
The USDA estimates production costs to meet new standards within HHFKA at seven cents ($0.07). These budgetary estimates provide a built-in impractical option in attempting to meet new mandates (Mortzavi, 2011). Current HHFKA policies were aimed at reducing “junk foods,” and items with added sugars within school lunchrooms. However, guidelines are open and left to interpretation, and competitive food manufactures have created gray areas where junk food could be sold at after school fundraisers. In 2011, Mortazavi explained only 7%-15% of schools were in compliance under current HHFKA regulations. A major concern about how the USDA provides enforcement and compliance under HHFKA regulations. The USDA does not have the infrastructure in place to monitor all of the school systems that are part of the NSLP. As schools continue to struggle with limited funding, they are not going to be in a position to meet the nutritional standards mandated by the Department of Agriculture and therefore cannot offer healthier options with fruits and vegetables (Mortazavi,