The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 authorizes all of the federal school meal and child nutrition programs, which provide funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods. The Act extends categorical eligibility for child nutrition programs to homeless, migrant, and runaway children.
USDA Interim Rule: Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals
This interim rule, effective beginning on June 24, 2011, amends the regulations affecting the determination of children's eligibility for free meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program by direct certification and categorical eligibility. The rule was open for public comment between April and October 2011, however it remains in effect until a final rule is issued.
Download the interim rule.
USDA memoranda on the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265) expands federal child nutrition programs in several ways to assist homeless, migrant, foster, and runaway children and youth by providing: