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Child Nutrition Advisory Council

Background and member information for the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC).

Bylaws | Composition | Term | Members | Staff Support | Principal Staff Contact | Public Involvement
Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minutes


Education Code Section 49533 establishes the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC), the members of which are appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The mission of the CNAC is to provide proactive leadership for the enhancement of health and nutrition education for California’s youth. The CNAC is committed to:

  • Ensuring that all youth in California have access to high-quality, nutritious, and
    appealing meals and that Child Nutrition Programs promote student involvement;

  • Promoting a plentiful supply of healthful, high-quality food for California’s youth
    in its role as monitor of the distribution of donated food commodities;

  • Promoting the inclusion of nutrition as a strong component of a comprehensive
    integrated school health program;

  • Nominating its members for state and national advisory councils and maintaining
    communication with these bodies;

  • Maintaining a communication network among allied organizations; and

  • Monitoring federal and state laws and regulations and recommending changes when


Bylaws of the CNAC are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CNAC Bylaws web page.


The CNAC is composed of 13 individuals representing different segments of the child nutrition community, including one representative of each of the following:

  • State Department of Education
  • School administrators
  • School board members
  • School food service directors
  • School food service supervisors/managers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Nutrition education specialists
  • Lay persons
  • Child care food program sponsors
  • Secondary high school students
  • Recognized parent–teacher organizations
  • Qualified consultants specializing in nutrition, education, child care, or health and welfare

Term of Office

The CNAC members serve for a term of three years, except the student representative, who serves a one-year term. Members may be reappointed.


CNAC Members

Member Application Information

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is currently accepting applications for the CNAC Student Member.

This position is open to any public school student who is a California resident, a junior or senior in School Year 2024–25, with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average. Note that while positions are not paid, the student member and their chaperone receive travel reimbursement for their participation in CNAC meetings. Only email applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted to Andrea Bricker, Nutrition Education Consultant at by Monday, May 13, 2024. Applications received after May 13, 2024, will not be accepted.

Staff Support

Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609

Principal Staff Contact

Kim Frinzell
Phone: 916-322-1566

Public Involvement

The CNAC welcomes public involvement. Individuals interested in providing public comment at a CNAC meeting can do so through public input during a live meeting, by telephone (teletypewriter (TTY) and fax available), and postal or electronic mail. Guidelines for Obtaining Input can be found on the CDE CNAC Guidelines web page.

Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minute Summaries

Meeting Date Agenda Minute Summary
November 2, 2023 November 2023 Agenda Pending
September 25, 2023 September 2023 Agenda September 2023 Minutes
May 2, 2023 May 2023 Agenda May 2023 Minutes
March 7, 2023 March 2023 Agenda

March 2023 Minutes

November 14, 2022 November 2022 Agenda November 2022 Minutes
September 19, 2022 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
May 9, 2022 May 2022 Agenda May 2022 Minutes
March 21, 2022 March 2022 Agenda March 2022 Minutes
December 15, 2021 December 2021 Agenda December 2021 Minutes
November 16, 2020 November 2020 Agenda Unavailable
September 21, 2020 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
May 18, 2020 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
March 16, 2020 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
November 18, 2019 November 2019 Agenda Unavailable
September 9, 2019 September 2019 Agenda September 2019 Minutes
May 13, 2019 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
March 11, 2019 March 2019 Agenda March 2019 Minutes
January 7, 2019 January 2019 Agenda January 2019 Minutes

Agenda and meeting minutes from previous meetings are available upon request. Please contact Andrea Bricker at or the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit general line at 800-952-5609.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 12, 2024
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