Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Nutrition Opportunities and Considerations

September 29, 2021
1 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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Many children in the US are impacted by the nutrition and feeding programs authorized by Congress and carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During its process of periodically reauthorizing these programs, Congress reviews and updates the laws that govern the programs which include school lunch and breakfast, summer meals, after-school meals, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The reauthorization cycle is taking place now, and input to lawmakers from ASN and its members can help to shape the new provisions. ASN members conduct research targeting our nation’s youth which, in turn, can inform policies related to child nutrition, and provisions incorporated by the reauthorization process can support and guide these activities. This webinar will outline the process of Child Nutrition Reauthorization, and then address opportunities and issues for enhancing the programs from the perspective of nutrition and nutrition policy. Relevant considerations include research activities, data gathering, surveillance and meal standards. This webinar is part of the CASP Nutrition Policy Webinar series, designed to help ASN members better understand the interface between research and nutrition policy.

Read our latest blog post authored by ASN Science Policy Fellows, Heather Schier and Jessica Garay, PhD, RD, on Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:​

(1) Increase knowledge of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process and its relevance to nutrition policy.
(2) Identify pending issues within national child nutrition programs. 
(3) Contemplate possible new provisions for research, monitoring, evaluation, meal standards, and implementation of national child nutrition programs to be included in the new CNR.


  1. Nancy Chapman, MPH, RD, N. Chapman Associates
  2. Juliana Cohen, ScM, ScD, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  3. Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Cornell University
  4. Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  5. Christine Taylor, PhD, ASN Committee on Advocacy and Science Policy (CASP) Chair

Disclosure Policy and Disclosures

The American Society for Nutrition supports fair and unbiased participation of individuals in its education activities. Any real or potential conflicts of interest must be identified and managed. All relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that directly impact and/or might conflict with ASN activities must be disclosed, or disclosure that no relevant financial relationships exist must be documented. Other relationships that could cause private interests to conflict with professional interests must also be disclosed. This policy is intended to openly identify any potential conflict so that participants in an education activity are able to form their own judgments about the presentation. In addition, disclosure must be made of presentations on drugs or devices or uses of drugs or devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Faculty for this webinar have no relationships to disclose.