USDA’s “Expanded” Access to School Meals Falls Short

September 27, 2023

Katie Herndon Dawkins, North Carolina Alliance For Health Communications Manager

On Tuesday, the USDA pushed out a press release titled, “USDA Expands Access to School Breakfast and Lunch for More Students.” The title is confusing and, frankly, misleading. What the USDA did was lower the Identified Student Percentage or ISP for schools to be able to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) from 40% to 25%. It did not increase reimbursements for school meals or provide any additional funding to allow more schools to participate in CEP.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Identified Student Percentage (ISP) is the percentage of students living in households participating in certain income-based federal assistance programs like WIC, SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid. 
  • The Community Eligibility Program (CEP) is a simplified meal service option that allows qualifying schools to provide meals at no cost to all students without requiring families to apply for free and reduced-price meals. Instead, school districts receive federal funding based on a formula using existing data from SNAP, WIC, TANF, Medicaid, and other programs (the ISP). 
  • The CEP formula is complicated. The higher the ISP, the higher the level of federal reimbursement the school receives. The ISP is multiplied by 1.6 to determine the percentage of meals that will be reimbursed at the free rate, the highest rate of reimbursement. So, a school with an ISP of 25% would be reimbursed at the free rate for 40% of meals served since 25 x 1.6 = 40. The remaining 60% of meals served would be reimbursed at the paid rate. The current free reimbursement rate for breakfast is $2.28 and lunch is $4.25. The paid reimbursement rate is only $0.38 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. 
  • When schools participate in the CEP program, no students pay for meals. This means that having less than half of the meals reimbursed at the free rate is problematic because it does not provide schools with enough funds to cover the cost of producing the meal. 
  • Local or state funds must fill any gaps between program costs and federal support. 
  • The new rule allowing for more schools to participate in the CEP program does NOT provide any extra federal funding and does NOT increase the multiplier. 
  • Schools that are now eligible to participate in CEP based on the new USDA rule would have to make up the difference between how much it costs to provide meals at no cost to families and the federal reimbursement rate they would receive.
  • Many schools and districts are not able to participate in CEP because the school nutrition programs are not able to fill the gap between program costs and federal reimbursements for meals.
  • Without additional federal funding and increasing the multiplier, this new rule effectively changes nothing for the students and families in North Carolina who could benefit from no-cost school meals. 
  • While the press release states that the “USDA offers extensive financial support for schools,” the reality is that with the cost of food and supply chain issues, the federal reimbursements aren’t keeping up with the cost of meals served. 

It’s that time of year again! According to Katie, it’s both peach and pumpkin season, but the rest of us say it’s Participatory Policy Setting time! As a coalition, your input in the policies we are working on every year is really important to us. Are you really excited about a potential policy? Tell us about it!

We have a form for you to use–we know it looks long, but we aren’t looking for essays. We just want to know what you think we should work on, why, and what resources you think are available. It’s okay if you say “This issue is really important to me, here’s a data point, and I don’t know what resources will be available.”

Once you send these in, we’ll talk about them at our committee meetings, and then in December, we’ll vote on them at our annual meeting. That gives us time to organize and plan for a productive session at the NCGA.

So, this was a long way of saying, send in your thoughts. Your opinion on what we should be working on is what makes us us and we really want to know.

Conferees for the budget conference committee have been appointed. You can view the list here. What does this mean? Let’s take a step back.

The legislature’s main charge is the passage of the biennial state budget. Starting in odd-numbered years during long session the legislature embarks on the often long, and always interesting, process of drafting, discussing, and passing the state budget. Budget adjustments are made in even-numbered years during short session.

The chambers take turns starting this process. The House began the process this year.

Because the budgets approved by the House and Senate almost never match, both chambers appoint members to a conference committee, where deals are made and funding is moved around. Eventually, both chambers are happy (or equally unhappy) and the conference report is approved and sent to the governor for signature or veto. While the budget year ends on June 30, it is rare that the General Assembly sends a budget to the governor by this date.

However, the publicly-stated goal from legislative leaders is to send Governor Cooper a budget by June 30. The deadline is especially important this year because federal drawdowns for HASP and Medicaid were tied to the passage of a budget in the Medicaid expansion bill that passed earlier this year.

So, what happens now? Conference committee members will meet, negotiate, and develop a consensus budget. Some subcommittee members have already finalized their budgets, and the primary appropriations committee chairs are now discussing details of larger budget items such as teacher pay and tax cuts.

As always, we will continue to work to move our priorities forward and ensure they are included in the final budget for as long as the process continues.

Katie Dawkins, NCAH Communications Manager

I’ll be the first to admit that I know very little about the challenges people face when they re-enter their communities after being involved in the justice system. Last year, some of these challenges were brought up in a series of conversations with some of our partners across the state. There were many moments when I said, “I had no idea.” I felt like I kept saying that over and over and over. I really had no idea. What I did know is that I wanted to know more. It was clear that there is a health equity issue that I hadn’t considered and I am pretty sure many others haven’t either. It’s time that we learn more about these challenges. 

Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We need to know better so we can do better. To that end, we invite you to join NCAH and StepUp Durham on May 19th at 3:00 pm for a panel conversation to learn about the challenges facing North Carolinians with justice system involvement and how policies and programs address these challenges. The panel will include Cashmere Bentley, Program Manager at StepUp Durham; Evan Ashkin, MD, Director of Formerly Incarcerated Transition Program; Dorel Clayton, Community Health Worker at FIT Program of Durham; and Amber Wade, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Durham. 

Register now for Health and People with Justice System Involvement: Programs and Policies to Support Reentry. It is free and open to everyone. We hope that you will join us!

Help us make a difference by contacting your legislators today!

We believe that together we can improve student outcomes and build strong, resilient communities by making no-cost school meals available to all students in public schools. We all do better when all children have access to healthy meals. School Meals for All NC is working to ensure that every student in every public school in North Carolina has access to breakfast and lunch at school at no cost to their families.

Fill out the form below to send an email to your legislators asking them to fund school meals for all in North Carolina. You can personalize the email by including your own experiences with school meals. 

Contact Your Legislators

ICYMI: Last week co-hosted our first webinar of 2023 with the North Carolina Coalition on Aging. It was incredibly important to us that we bring some attention to food insecurity and nutrition in aging adults because hunger knows no age limit. We also know that there are benefits and services available for aging adults but many people are not aware of these or how to apply for them. 

The webinar featured Amanda Holliday, Associate Professor UNC-CH, Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition; Neal Curran, Director of Food Programs at Reinvestment Partners; and Linda Miller, Centralina Area Agency on Aging Director. 

The webinar highlighted some really important facts and insights such as the fact that 51% of people age 65 and older lived in nine states and North Carolina is one of those nine states. Want to know more? You can watch the recorded webinar here

Legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday, January 11, to begin the 2023 Legislative Long Session. The session was held to officially swear in legislators and vote on leadership. President Pro Tempore Phil Berger received unanimous support for a 7th term in that position. It makes him the longest-serving President Pro Tempore in NC history. He is also the longest-serving state legislative leader in the country. Speaker Tim Moore was also re-elected. He is now serving his 5th term as Speaker, the first ever in North Carolina to serve that many.

The real work will begin when the General Assembly returns on January 25. In the meantime, we are scheduling meetings and working to move our priorities forward.

  • January 11 – Session convenes
  • January 25 – Session reconvenes
  • March 9 – Senate local bill filing deadline
  • March 23 – House local bill filing deadline
  • April 4 – Senate public bill filing deadline
  • April 25 – House public bill filing deadline
  • May 4 – Crossover

Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

  • Chairs: Sens. Brent Jackson, Norman W. Sanderson, Lisa S. Barnes
  • Members: Sens. Jim Burgin, David W. Craven, Jr., Michael Garrett, Lisa Grafstein, Bobby Hanig, Rachel Hunt, Steve Jarvis, Tom McInnis, Natalie S. Murdock, E.S. “Buck” Newton, Paul Newton, Dean Proctor, Bill Rabon, DeAndrea Salvador, Eddie Settle, Kandie D. Smith, Mike Woodard

Appropriations/Base Budget

  • Chairs: Sens. Brent Jackson, Ralph Hise, Michael V. Lee
  • Members: Sens. W. Ted Alexander, Lisa S. Barnes, Dan Blue, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Jim Burgin, Jay J. Chaudhuri, Warren Daniel, Carl Ford, Amy S. Galey, Todd Johnson, Joyce Krawiec, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Natasha R. Marcus, Tom McInnis, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Bill Rabon, Gladys A. Robinson, DeAndrea Salvador, Norman W. Sanderson, Vickie Sawyer, Joyce Waddell, Mike Woodard

Commerce and Insurance

  • Chairs: Sens. Todd Johnson, David W. Craven, Jr., Dean Proctor
  • Members: Sens. Gale Adcock, W. Ted Alexander, Val Applewhite, Sydney Batch, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Kevin Corbin, Michael Garrett, Brent Jackson, Steve Jarvis, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Natasha R. Marcus, Tom McInnis, Timothy D. Moffitt, Paul Newton, Brad Overcash, Jim Perry, Gladys A. Robinson, DeAndrea Salvador, Vickie Sawyer

Education/Higher Education

  • Chairs: Sens. Michael V. Lee, Amy S. Galey
  • Members: Sens. Lisa S. Barnes, Jay J. Chaudhuri, Kevin Corbin, David W. Craven, Jr., Michael Garrett, Bobby Hanig, Michael A. Lazzara, Natasha R. Marcus, Julie Mayfield, Tom McInnis, Natalie S. Murdock, E.S. “Buck” Newton, Brad Overcash, Gladys A. Robinson, Norman W. Sanderson, Benton G. Sawrey, Joyce Waddell

Finance

  • Chairs: Sens. Bill Rabon, Paul Newton, Jim Perry
  • Members: Sens. W. Ted Alexander, Sydney Batch, Dan Blue, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Jim Burgin, Jay J. Chaudhuri, David W. Craven, Jr., Warren Daniel, Carl Ford, Ralph Hise, Brent Jackson, Todd Johnson, Joyce Krawiec, Michael A. Lazzara, Michael V. Lee, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Natalie S. Murdock, Gladys A. Robinson, DeAndrea Salvador, Vickie Sawyer, Joyce Waddell, Mike Woodard

Health Care

  • Chairs: Sens. Joyce Krawiec, Jim Burgin, Kevin Corbin
  • Members: Sens. Gale Adcock, Lisa S. Barnes, Sydney Batch, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Amy S. Galey, Ralph Hise, Steve Jarvis, Julie Mayfield, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Jim Perry, Gladys A. Robinson, Benton G. Sawrey, Mike Woodard

Judiciary

  • Chairs: Sens. Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Warren Daniel, E.S. “Buck” Newton
  • Members: Sens. Sydney Batch, Dan Blue, Amy S. Galey, Lisa Grafstein, Rachel Hunt, Michael A. Lazzara, Michael V. Lee, Natasha R. Marcus, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Paul Newton, Brad Overcash, Norman W. Sanderson, Benton G. Sawrey

Pensions and Retirement and Aging

  • Chairs: Sens. Joyce Krawiec, Carl Ford
  • Members: Sens. W. Ted Alexander, Val Applewhite, Mary Wills Bode, Jim Burgin, Jay J. Chaudhuri, Kevin Corbin, Bobby Hanig, Ralph Hise, Rachel Hunt, Graig Meyer, Timothy D. Moffitt, Brad Overcash, Dean Proctor, Eddie Settle, Joyce Waddell

Redistricting and Elections

  • Chairs: Sens. Ralph Hise, Warren Daniel, Paul Newton
  • Members: Sens. Dan Blue, Carl Ford, Amy S. Galey, Michael Garrett, Brent Jackson, Joyce Krawiec, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Natasha R. Marcus, Julie Mayfield, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Jim Perry, Bill Rabon, Norman W. Sanderson

Rules and Operations of the Senate

  • Chair: Sen. Bill Rabon
  • Vice Chair: Sen. Warren Daniel
  • Members: Sens. Lisa S. Barnes, Dan Blue, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Jay J. Chaudhuri, Ralph Hise, Brent Jackson, Todd Johnson, Joyce Krawiec, Michael V. Lee, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Julie Mayfield, Tom McInnis, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Paul Newton, Jim Perry, Norman W. Sanderson, Vickie Sawyer, Joyce Waddell, Mike Woodard

State and Local Government

  • Chairs: Sens. W. Ted Alexander, Carl Ford, Steve Jarvis
  • Members: Sens. Val Applewhite, Mary Wills Bode, Kevin Corbin, Lisa Grafstein, Bobby Hanig, Michael A. Lazzara, Graig Meyer, Timothy D. Moffitt, Dean Proctor, Gladys A. Robinson, Benton G. Sawrey, Eddie Settle, Kandie D. Smith

Transportation

  • Chairs: Sens. Tom McInnis, Vickie Sawyer, Michael A. Lazzara
  • Members: Sens. Gale Adcock, Mary Wills Bode, David W. Craven, Jr., Warren Daniel, Michael Garrett, Steve Jarvis, Todd Johnson, Graig Meyer, Timothy D. Moffitt, Natalie S. Murdock, E.S. “Buck” Newton, Dean Proctor, Bill Rabon, Eddie Settle, Kandie D. Smith, Mike Woodard

Joint Legislative Committee on Governmental Operations

  • Chair: Sen. Phil Berger
  • Members: Sens. Ralph Hise (Ex Officio), Paul Newton (Ex Officio), W. Ted Alexander, Dan Blue, Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Jim Burgin, David W. Craven, Jr., Warren Daniel, Carl Ford, Michael Garrett, Brent Jackson, Steve Jarvis, Todd Johnson, Joyce Krawiec, Michael V. Lee, Tom McInnis, Jim Perry, Bill Rabon, Gladys A. Robinson, DeAndrea Salvador, Norman W. Sanderson, Vickie Sawyer, Joyce Waddell

Select Committee on Nominations

  • Chair: Sen. Bill Rabon
  • Members: Sens. Dan Blue, Jay J. Chaudhuri, Warren Daniel, Ralph Hise, Brent Jackson, Joyce Krawiec, Paul Newton, Gladys A. Robinson, Norman W. Sanderson, Mike Woodard

Appropriations on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources

  • Chairs: Sens. Norman W. Sanderson, Todd Johnson, David W. Craven, Jr.
  • Members: Sens. Val Applewhite, Lisa S. Barnes, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Tom McInnis, Timothy D. Moffitt, DeAndrea Salvador, Kandie D. Smith

Appropriations on Education/Higher Education

  • Chairs: Sens. Amy S. Galey, Lisa S. Barnes, Dean Proctor
  • Members: Sens. Jay J. Chaudhuri, Bobby Hanig, Julie Mayfield, Brad Overcash, Joyce Waddell

Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology

  • Chairs: Sens. W. Ted Alexander, Carl Ford, Steve Jarvis
  • Members: Sens. Mary Wills Bode, Rachel Hunt, Graig Meyer, Dean Proctor

Appropriations on Health and Human Services

  • Chairs: Sens. Joyce Krawiec, Jim Burgin, Kevin Corbin
  • Members: Sens. Gale Adcock, Sydney Batch, Dan Blue, Gladys A. Robinson, Benton G. Sawrey, Eddie Settle

Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety

  • Chairs: Sens. Danny Earl Britt, Jr., Warren Daniel
  • Members: Sens. Lisa Grafstein, Natasha R. Marcus, Mujtaba A. Mohammed, E.S. “Buck” Newton, Norman W. Sanderson

Appropriations on Department of Transportation

  • Chairs: Sens. Tom McInnis, Vickie Sawyer, Michael A. Lazzara
  • Members: Sens. Michael Garrett, Natalie S. Murdock, Bill Rabon, Mike Woodard

Agriculture

  • Chairs: Jimmy Dixon (Senior Chair), Jeffrey C. McNeely
  • Vice Chairs: Karl E. Gillespie, Michael H. Wray
  • Members: Eric Ager, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Jennifer Balkcom, John R. Bell, IV, William D. Brisson, Mark Brody, Kanika Brown, Tricia Ann Cotham, Jeffrey Elmore, Terence Everitt, Edward C. Goodwin, Kyle Hall, Chris Humphrey, B. Ray Jeffers, Keith Kidwell, Brandon Lofton, Jarrod Lowery, Nasif Majeed, Howard Penny, Jr., Robert T. Reives, II, Wayne Sasser, Larry C. Strickland, Sam Watford

Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Chairs: John R. Bradford, III, Grey Mills, Shelly Willingham
  • Vice Chair: Ray Pickett
  • Members: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., John R. Bell, IV, Kanika Brown, Allison A. Dahle, Jon Hardister, Marvin W. Lucas, Erin Paré, Joseph Pike, Caleb Rudow, Jason Saine, David Willis, Matthew Winslow, Michael H. Wray

Appropriations

  • Chairs: Dean Arp (Senior Chair), Donny Lambeth (Senior Chair), Jason Saine (Senior Chair), William D. Brisson, Jeffrey Elmore, John Faircloth, Kyle Hall, Brenden H. Jones, Wayne Sasser, Larry C. Strickland
  • Vice Chairs: Kristin Baker, M.D., George G. Cleveland, Ted Davis, Jr., Jimmy Dixon, Karl E. Gillespie, Edward C. Goodwin, Dudley Greene, Jon Hardister, Kelly E. Hastings, Frank Iler, Jake Johnson, Charles W. Miller, Larry W. Potts, Dennis Riddell, Phil Shepard, Carson Smith, John A. Torbett, Donna McDowell White, David Willis
  • Members: Jay Adams, Eric Ager, Vernetta Alston, John Autry, Amber M. Baker, Cynthia Ball, Mary Belk, Brian Biggs, Hugh Blackwell, Cecil Brockman, Mark Brody, Gloristine Brown, Kanika Brown, Terry M. Brown Jr., Allen Buansi, Laura Budd, Celeste C. Cairns, Maria Cervania, Allen Chesser, Mike Clampitt, Sarah Crawford, Kevin Crutchfield, Carla D. Cunningham, Allison A. Dahle, Rosa U. Gill, Pricey Harrison, Zack Hawkins, Chris Humphrey, Frances Jackson, PhD, B. Ray Jeffers, Joe John, Abe Jones, Ya Liu, Donnie Loftis, Carolyn G. Logan, Marvin W. Lucas, Nasif Majeed, Jeffrey C. McNeely, Grey Mills, Marcia Morey, Ben T. Moss, Jr., Erin Paré, Howard Penny, Jr., Ray Pickett, Garland E. Pierce, Mark Pless, Lindsey Prather, Renée A. Price, A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr., Amos L. Quick, III, Timothy Reeder, MD, Robert T. Reives, II, James Roberson, Caleb Rudow, Charles Smith, Frank Sossamon, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA, Sarah Stevens, Julie von Haefen, Bill Ward, Diane Wheatley, Shelly Willingham

Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources

  • Chairs: Jimmy Dixon (Senior Chair), Karl E. Gillespie, Edward C. Goodwin
  • Vice Chairs: Kyle Hall, Larry C. Strickland
  • Members: Eric Ager, Mark Brody, Gloristine Brown, Celeste C. Cairns, Allison A. Dahle, Pricey Harrison, Chris Humphrey, B. Ray Jeffers, Jeffrey C. McNeely, Amos L. Quick, III, James Roberson

Appropriations, Capital

  • Chair: Kelly E. Hastings
  • Vice Chair: Dean Arp
  • Members: Allen Chesser, Sarah Crawford, Frances Jackson, PhD, Ray Pickett, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA

Appropriations, Education

  • Chairs: Jon Hardister, John A. Torbett, David Willis
  • Vice Chair: Jeffrey Elmore
  • Members: Hugh Blackwell, Cecil Brockman, Kevin Crutchfield, Rosa U. Gill, Zack Hawkins, Marvin W. Lucas, Lindsey Prather, Frank Sossamon, Diane Wheatley

Appropriations, General Government

  • Chairs: George G. Cleveland, Dennis Riddell
  • Vice Chair: William D. Brisson
  • Members: Kanika Brown, Nasif Majeed, Howard Penny, Jr., Charles Smith, Julie von Haefen, Bill Ward

Appropriations, Health and Human Services

  • Chairs: Kristin Baker, M.D., Larry W. Potts, Donna McDowell White
  • Vice Chairs: Donny Lambeth, Erin Paré, Wayne Sasser
  • Members: Cynthia Ball, William D. Brisson, Terry M. Brown Jr., Allen Buansi, Maria Cervania, Carla D. Cunningham, Ya Liu, Mark Pless, Timothy Reeder, MD

Appropriations, Information Technology

  • Chair: Jake Johnson
  • Vice Chairs: Kyle Hall, Jason Saine
  • Members: John Autry, Brian Biggs, Laura Budd, Renée A. Price

Appropriations, Justice and Public Safety

  • Chairs: Ted Davis, Jr., Dudley Greene, Charles W. Miller, Carson Smith
  • Vice Chairs: Mike Clampitt, John Faircloth
  • Members: Joe John, Abe Jones, Carolyn G. Logan, Marcia Morey, Garland E. Pierce, A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr., Robert T. Reives, II, Sarah Stevens

Appropriations, Transportation

  • Chairs: Frank Iler, Phil Shepard
  • Vice Chair: Brenden H. Jones
  • Members: Jay Adams, Vernetta Alston, Amber M. Baker, Mary Belk, Donnie Loftis, Carolyn G. Logan, Grey Mills, Ben T. Moss, Jr., Caleb Rudow, Shelly Willingham

Banking

  • Chair: Matthew Winslow
  • Vice Chair: Becky Carney
  • Members: Jennifer Balkcom, Deb Butler, Celeste C. Cairns, Terence Everitt, Julia C. Howard, Neal Jackson, Jake Johnson, Keith Kidwell, Ya Liu, Nasif Majeed, Steve Tyson, Jeff Zenger

Commerce

  • Chairs: Stephen M. Ross, John Sauls
  • Vice Chairs: Jake Johnson, Garland E. Pierce, Steve Tyson
  • Members: Jay Adams, John Autry, Amber M. Baker, John R. Bradford, III, Kanika Brown, Deb Butler, Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Sarah Crawford, Carla D. Cunningham, Terence Everitt, Kyle Hall, Julia C. Howard, Frank Iler, Brandon Lofton, Ben T. Moss, Jr., Joseph Pike, Timothy Reeder, MD, Jason Saine, Phil Shepard, Frank Sossamon, Larry C. Strickland, Matthew Winslow

Disaster Recovery and Homeland Security

  • Chairs: John R. Bell, IV, Mark Pless
  • Vice Chair: Brenden H. Jones
  • Members: Eric Ager, Ted Davis, Jr., Karl E. Gillespie, Chris Humphrey, Tim Longest, Caleb Rudow, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA

Education – Community Colleges

  • Chair: David Willis
  • Vice Chair: Diane Wheatley
  • Members: Jay Adams, Hugh Blackwell, John R. Bradford, III, Mark Brody, Gloristine Brown, Mike Clampitt, Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Jeffrey Elmore, Joe John, Tim Longest, Howard Penny, Jr., Lindsey Prather, Renée A. Price, John Sauls, Steve Tyson, Donna McDowell White

Education – K-12

  • Chairs: Hugh Blackwell, Tricia Ann Cotham, John A. Torbett
  • Vice Chairs: Cecil Brockman, Diane Wheatley, David Willis
  • Members: Cynthia Ball, Brian Biggs, Laura Budd, Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Jeffrey Elmore, Ken Fontenot, Rosa U. Gill, Frank Iler, Jake Johnson, Donny Lambeth, Brandon Lofton, Marvin W. Lucas, Larry W. Potts, Dennis Riddell, James Roberson, Phil Shepard, Frank Sossamon, Larry C. Strickland, Julie von Haefen

Education – Universities

  • Chairs: Jon Hardister, Ray Pickett
  • Vice Chair: Kelly E. Hastings
  • Members: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Kristin Baker, M.D., Gloristine Brown, Allen Buansi, Becky Carney, Kevin Crutchfield, Ted Davis, Jr., Wesley Harris, PhD, Julia C. Howard, Neal Jackson, Donny Lambeth, Marcia Morey, Lindsey Prather, Timothy Reeder, MD

Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform

  • Chair: Grey Mills
  • Vice Chairs: Allison A. Dahle, Harry Warren
  • Members: Amber M. Baker, Kristin Baker, M.D., Cynthia Ball, Brian Biggs, Hugh Blackwell, Allen Buansi, Tricia Ann Cotham, Ted Davis, Jr., Jimmy Dixon, John Faircloth, Pricey Harrison, Frank Iler, Joe John, Dennis Riddell, Bill Ward, Shelly Willingham, David Willis, Jeff Zenger

Energy and Public Utilities

  • Chairs: Dean Arp, Kyle Hall, Matthew Winslow
  • Vice Chairs: Brenden H. Jones, Charles W. Miller, Erin Paré
  • Members: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., John R. Bell, IV, William D. Brisson, Cecil Brockman, Terry M. Brown Jr., Celeste C. Cairns, Becky Carney, Maria Cervania, Tricia Ann Cotham, Sarah Crawford, Carla D. Cunningham, Jimmy Dixon, Destin Hall, Pricey Harrison, Kelly E. Hastings, Zack Hawkins, Julia C. Howard, Grey Mills, Garland E. Pierce, Dennis Riddell, Jason Saine, John Sauls, Mitchell S. Setzer, Larry C. Strickland, Sam Watford, Michael H. Wray, Jeff Zenger

Environment

  • Chairs: Karl E. Gillespie, Frank Iler
  • Vice Chairs: Ted Davis, Jr., Pricey Harrison
  • Members: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Vernetta Alston, John Autry, Mary Belk, Cecil Brockman, Jimmy Dixon, Edward C. Goodwin, Kyle Hall, Keith Kidwell, Jeffrey C. McNeely, Howard Penny, Jr., Ray Pickett, Amos L. Quick, III, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA, Diane Wheatley, Donna McDowell White

Ethics

  • Chairs: John Sauls, Michael H. Wray
  • Vice Chair: Mitchell S. Setzer
  • Members: Becky Carney, Tricia Ann Cotham, Allison A. Dahle, Ted Davis, Jr., Jason Saine

Families Children and Aging Policy

  • Chair: Mike Clampitt
  • Members: Kristin Baker, M.D., Sarah Crawford, Dudley Greene, Ya Liu, Jarrod Lowery, Marcia Morey, Garland E. Pierce, A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr., Timothy Reeder, MD, Wayne Sasser, Charles Smith, Donna McDowell White

Federal Relations and American Indian Affairs

  • Chair: Mike Clampitt
  • Vice Chairs: Karl E. Gillespie, Mark Pless
  • Members: Vernetta Alston, Kelly E. Hastings, Brenden H. Jones, Jarrod Lowery, Dennis Riddell, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA, Shelly Willingham

Finance

  • Chairs: John R. Bradford, III (Senior Chair), Keith Kidwell (Senior Chair), Mitchell S. Setzer (Senior Chair), Michael H. Wray (Senior Chair), Julia C. Howard, Stephen M. Ross, Steve Tyson
  • Vice Chairs: Harry Warren, Jeff Zenger
  • Members: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Jennifer Balkcom, John R. Bell, IV, Deb Butler, Becky Carney, Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Tricia Ann Cotham, Terence Everitt, Ken Fontenot, Destin Hall, Wesley Harris, PhD, Neal Jackson, Brandon Lofton, Tim Longest, Jarrod Lowery, Joseph Pike, John Sauls, Sam Watford, Matthew Winslow

Health

  • Chairs: Larry W. Potts (Senior Chair), Kristin Baker, M.D., Donny Lambeth, Erin Paré, Wayne Sasser, Donna McDowell White
  • Vice Chairs: Tricia Ann Cotham, Carla D. Cunningham
  • Members: Cynthia Ball, Mary Belk, Hugh Blackwell, William D. Brisson, Cecil Brockman, Allen Buansi, Becky Carney, Maria Cervania, Allen Chesser, Kevin Crutchfield, Jimmy Dixon, Ken Fontenot, Julia C. Howard, Chris Humphrey, Ya Liu, Donnie Loftis, Marvin W. Lucas, Garland E. Pierce, A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr., Timothy Reeder, MD, Mitchell S. Setzer, Phil Shepard, Steve Tyson, Sam Watford, Diane Wheatley, Michael H. Wray

Insurance

  • Chairs: Chris Humphrey, Mitchell S. Setzer
  • Vice Chairs: Marvin W. Lucas, Wayne Sasser, Shelly Willingham
  • Members: Kristin Baker, M.D., John R. Bradford, III, Terry M. Brown Jr., Allen Chesser, George G. Cleveland, Rosa U. Gill, Kyle Hall, Julia C. Howard, Donny Lambeth, Nasif Majeed, Garland E. Pierce, Larry W. Potts, James Roberson, Steve Tyson, Harry Warren, Michael H. Wray

Judiciary 1

  • Chair: Ted Davis, Jr.
  • Vice Chair: Grey Mills
  • Members: John R. Bradford, III, Tricia Ann Cotham, Rosa U. Gill, Jon Hardister, Pricey Harrison, Abe Jones, Larry W. Potts, Jason Saine

Judiciary 2

  • Chair: Sarah Stevens
  • Vice Chair: Charles W. Miller
  • Members: Vernetta Alston, Laura Budd, Dudley Greene, Marcia Morey, A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr., Robert T. Reives, II, Carson Smith, David Willis

Judiciary 3

  • Chair: Hugh Blackwell
  • Vice Chair: Bill Ward
  • Members: Terry M. Brown Jr., Terence Everitt, John Faircloth, Wesley Harris, PhD, Julia C. Howard, Joe John, Keith Kidwell, Jeff Zenger

Local Government

  • Chairs: Howard Penny, Jr., Sam Watford
  • Members: John Autry, John Faircloth, Frances Jackson, PhD, B. Ray Jeffers, Donnie Loftis, Brandon Lofton, Charles W. Miller, Ben T. Moss, Jr., Ray Pickett, Lindsey Prather, Wayne Sasser, Mitchell S. Setzer, Julie von Haefen, Donna McDowell White

Local Government – Land Use Planning and Development

  • Chair: Mark Brody
  • Members: Jay Adams, Jennifer Balkcom, Cynthia Ball, Gloristine Brown, Kevin Crutchfield, Allison A. Dahle, Ben T. Moss, Jr., Renée A. Price, Caleb Rudow, Sam Watford, Jeff Zenger

Marine Resources and Aquaculture

  • Chair: George G. Cleveland
  • Vice Chair: Celeste C. Cairns
  • Members: Edward C. Goodwin, Wesley Harris, PhD, Pricey Harrison, Zack Hawkins, Frank Iler, Keith Kidwell, Tim Longest, Charles W. Miller, Harry Warren

Military and Veterans Affairs

  • Chairs: Edward C. Goodwin, Donnie Loftis
  • Vice Chairs: George G. Cleveland, Nasif Majeed
  • Members: Dean Arp, John Autry, Celeste C. Cairns, Allen Chesser, Ken Fontenot, Frances Jackson, PhD, Carolyn G. Logan, Erin Paré, Garland E. Pierce, Larry W. Potts, Charles Smith, Julie von Haefen

Oversight Reform

  • Chairs: Jake Johnson, Harry Warren
  • Members: Dean Arp, Maria Cervania, Allen Chesser, George G. Cleveland, Allison A. Dahle, Jeffrey C. McNeely, Amos L. Quick, III, Sarah Stevens, Shelly Willingham

Pensions and Retirement

  • Chairs: Carson Smith, Diane Wheatley
  • Vice Chair: Rosa U. Gill
  • Members: Mark Brody, Jeffrey Elmore, Donny Lambeth, Joseph Pike, Amos L. Quick, III, James Roberson, Stephen M. Ross

Redistricting

  • Chair: Destin Hall
  • Vice Chairs: Jason Saine, John A. Torbett
  • Members: Cecil Brockman, Becky Carney, Jimmy Dixon, Ken Fontenot, Jon Hardister, Pricey Harrison, Kelly E. Hastings, Zack Hawkins, Abe Jones, Brenden H. Jones, Jarrod Lowery, Grey Mills, Robert T. Reives, II, Sarah Stevens, Harry Warren

Regulatory Reform

  • Chairs: Dennis Riddell, Jeff Zenger
  • Members: Eric Ager, Amber M. Baker, Mary Belk, Brian Biggs, Hugh Blackwell, John R. Bradford, III, Mark Brody, Terry M. Brown Jr., Deb Butler, Mike Clampitt, Allison A. Dahle, Keith Kidwell, Erin Paré, Renée A. Price, Sarah Stevens

Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

  • Chair: Destin Hall
  • Vice Chairs: Kelly E. Hastings, Brenden H. Jones, John A. Torbett
  • Members: John R. Bell, IV, William D. Brisson, Becky Carney, Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Tricia Ann Cotham, Carla D. Cunningham, Allison A. Dahle, Ted Davis, Jr., Jimmy Dixon, Kyle Hall, Jon Hardister, Neal Jackson, Grey Mills, Erin Paré, Amos L. Quick, III, Robert T. Reives, II, Jason Saine, Steve Tyson, Shelly Willingham, Michael H. Wray

State Government

  • Chair: Harry Warren
  • Members: Jennifer Balkcom, Dudley Greene, Frances Jackson, PhD, B. Ray Jeffers, Joseph Pike, Stephen M. Ross, Charles Smith, John A. Torbett, Bill Ward

State Personnel

  • Chair: A. Reece Pyrtle, Jr.
  • Vice Chair: Dudley Greene
  • Members: Amber M. Baker, Edward C. Goodwin, Neal Jackson, Carolyn G. Logan, Bill Ward, Shelly Willingham

Transportation

  • Chairs: Brenden H. Jones, Jeffrey C. McNeely, Phil Shepard, Steve Tyson
  • Vice Chairs: Jay Adams, George G. Cleveland, Frank Iler, Ben T. Moss, Jr.
  • Members: Vernetta Alston, Dean Arp, Mary Belk, Brian Biggs, Deb Butler, Becky Carney, John Faircloth, Edward C. Goodwin, Wesley Harris, PhD, Zack Hawkins, Joe John, Donnie Loftis, Carolyn G. Logan, Charles W. Miller, Marcia Morey, Ray Pickett, Mark Pless, James Roberson, Stephen M. Ross, Frank Sossamon, Harry Warren, Matthew Winslow

UNC Board of Governors Nominations

  • Chair: Kelly E. Hastings
  • Vice Chairs: Ted Davis, Jr., Jon Hardister
  • Members: Amber M. Baker, Laura Budd, Abe Jones, Donny Lambeth, Nasif Majeed, Ray Pickett, Mitchell S. Setzer, Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA, John A. Torbett

Unemployment Insurance

  • Chair: Julia C. Howard
  • Members: Terry M. Brown Jr., Deb Butler, Destin Hall, Tim Longest, Mitchell S. Setzer, Harry Warren

Wildlife Resources

  • Chairs: Jay Adams, Ben T. Moss, Jr.
  • Vice Chairs: Mike Clampitt, Karl E. Gillespie
  • Members: William D. Brisson, Carla D. Cunningham, Jake Johnson, Abe Jones, Brandon Lofton, Marvin W. Lucas, Mark Pless, Caleb Rudow, Carson Smith, Michael H. Wray

In response to rulemaking in regards to the WIC food package, NCAH has submitted the following comment in support of the proposed changes.

WIC is one of our most successful and effective public health and nutrition programs. WIC is correlated with better outcomes for mothers and children. Participants are more likely to have a more nutritious diet, better health outcomes, fewer premature births and infant deaths, and more optimal birth weights.

Despite positive strides in food security and health for families and children, WIC remains the most underutilized food assistance program in North Carolina, and we continue to have significant health disparities. Improving the food package for WIC with the recommendations of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will improve the health of our most vulnerable families. We support these efforts to increase access to whole grains and increase the fruit and vegetable cash value voucher in particular. These improvements to the WIC package will make healthier food options more accessible to North Carolinians.

We encourage our partners to comment on the proposed changes here before February 21, 2023.

We believe every child in every public school in North Carolina should have access to breakfast and lunch at school at no cost to their families.

That’s why we are leading School Meals for All NC in partnership with The Center for Black Health & Equity, Carolina Hunger Initiative, and A Better Chance A Better Community.

You can join us in this critical work. It’s easy:

1 in 6 children in North Carolina go hungry every day. Join the School Meals for All NC coalition to ensure that every child has access to nutritious food every day at school.