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Child Nutrition Act

The Child Nutrition Act (CNA) is a United States federal law (act) signed on October 11, 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act was created as a result of the "years of cumulative successful experience under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to help meet the nutritional needs of children." The National School Lunch Program feeds 30.5 million children per day (as of 2007). NSLP was operated in over 101,000 public and nonprofit private schools in 2007. The Special Milk Program, functioning since 1954, was extended to June 30, 1970 and incorporated into the act. The act also provided Federal funding assistance towards non-food purchases for school equipment.

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An enlightening TED Talk by Ann Cooper about school lunches, just what kids are eating at schools, and what we can do to improve the situation. She talks about her efforts to improve school lunches, including her daily routine of beginning school lunch preparation at 4 a.m. She talks a bit forcefully, but every parent, aunt, uncle, teacher, and anyone invested in the interests of a child should listen and watch to see what goes into their children's stomachs.

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