U.S. Congress Passes Keep Kids Fed Act

06/24/2022 - The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends the members of the 117th U.S. Congress who worked in a bipartisan, good-faith effort to pass the Keep Kids Fed Act, a crucial first step in addressing nutrition security among school-aged children in the United States. Although the original bill included an important provision to offer free meals to children in the reduced-price category, that language was removed before final passage in both chambers.

Once signed into law by President Joe Biden, the Keep Kids Fed Act will give the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to provide temporary waivers that will provide flexibilities to summer and school meal programs and increase reimbursement rates in response to rising food costs.

Academy members interested in further advocacy on nutrition security priorities are encouraged to join the monthly Nutrition Security Affinity Group meetings.