Policies and Regulations


The school nutrition programs are operated through a federal, state, and local partnership.  All three areas of government set policies and regulations that affect how the programs are run.

Federal Legislation

2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Every five years the window of opportunity opens on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and their staff work together to improve, tweak and reauthorize the federal Child Nutrition Programs. During this time a bevy of questions are asked: what works well? What isn’t working? Learn more at the link above.

2008 Farm Bill
Farm bills typically contain not only commodity price and income support provisions, but also provisions on agricultural trade, rural development, domestic food and nutrition assistance, foreign food aid and more. While nutrition programs such as the Food Stamp Program are reauthorized in the Farm Bill, the National School Lunch Program and other school-based child nutrition programs are not.

Federal Regulations


State Competitive Food Policies
SNA has created a database of state legislated competitive food standards.  Click on this link to see if your state has a policy in place.

State Reimbursement Rates and School Meal Mandates
SNA provides a listing of states that provide reimbursement money to school districts over the federally required amount.  This listing also notes states that require school districts to provide school nutrition programs.

State Policy Index
SNA has compiled a searchable index of state regulations and policies related to issues in child nutrition. SNA makes every attempt to keep this resource up-to-date.


Local School Wellness Policies 
One section of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires that all school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program have local wellness policies by July 1, 2006. The School Nutrition Association (formerly ASFSA) has put together tools to help assist the school community in dealing with this new requirement.

Farm to School Programs
Farm to school programs consist of a wide variety of programs that include school gardens, nutrition education, and the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown farm products for use in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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