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Urge CA to Leverage ESSA to Support Nutrition Access

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01.05.2017Join CFPA in commenting on the Every Student Succeeds Act and help increase access to the academic and health benefits of school meals for more students.

A new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) holds the promise of increasing access to resources for wellness in our schools. Several policy and funding provisions in ESSA support student wellness and can be leveraged to help meet students' nutritional needs. However, California's current plan misses a tremendous opportunity to more fully integrate nutrition into education policy and practice.

All states are required to develop a state plan for implementation of ESSA. The California Department of Education is currently seeking feedback on their draft plan. Addressed to our education decision makers in Sacramento, this sign-on letter urges the California Department of Education to ensure that ESSA is leveraged to help more students access the academic and health benefits of school nutrition programs. Join us in commenting by signing on to the letter.

  Read the letter PDF

  To sign on please email Melissa@cfpa.net by January 9th

Questions? Contact Melissa Cannon at 510.433.1122 ext. 102