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Child Nutrition Advisory Council

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

Bylaws | Composition | Term | Members | Meeting Dates
Agendas and Minutes: Current Year | Prior Years


Education Code Section 49533 establishes the 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 students’ 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.

  • Advocating 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.

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


The Bylaws of the CNAC


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

Application Information (PDF)
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is currently taking appointments for the following positions: School Board Member, Consultant Position, Curriculum Coordinator, School Administrator, and Classroom Teacher. The Application must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2020. Applications postmarked on or before but received after January 31, 2020, will not be accepted.

Meeting Dates

CNAC Meeting Dates

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

Current and Previous Year Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minute Summaries

The CNAC welcomes public involvement. Individuals interested in providing public comment at a CNAC meeting can do so through public input sessions, telephone (TTY and fax available), and postal or electronic mail.

Guidelines for Obtaining Input

Meeting Date Agenda Minute Summary
January 7, 2019 January 2019 Agenda January 2019 Minutes
March 11, 2019 March 2019 Agenda March 2019 Minutes
May 13, 2019 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
September 9, 2019 September 2019 Agenda September 2019 Minutes
November 18, 2019 November 2019 Agenda Unavailable
March 16, 2020 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
May 18, 2020 Unavailable Unavailable
September 21, 2020 Unavailable Unavailable
November 16, 2020 Unavailable Unavailable

Prior Year Meeting Agendas and Minute Summaries

Meeting Date Agenda Minute Summary
February 9, 2015 February 2015 Agenda February 2015 Minutes
April 13, 2015 April 2015 Agenda April 2015 Minutes
June 8, 2015 June 2015 Agenda June 2015 Minutes
August 10, 2015 August 2015 Agenda August 2015 Minutes
October 19, 2015 October 2015 Agenda October 2015 Minutes
December 7, 2015 December 2015 Agenda December 2015 Minutes
February 8, 2016 February 2016 Agenda February 2016 Minutes
April 11, 2016 April 2016 Agenda April 2016 Minutes
June 13, 2016 Meeting Canceled Meeting Canceled
September 12, 2016 September 2016 Agenda September 2016 Minutes
November 14, 2016 November 2016 Agenda November 2016 Minutes
February 6, 2017 Meeting Canceled Meeting Canceled
April 3, 2017 April 2017 Agenda April 2017 Minutes
September 11, 2017 September 2017 Agenda September 2017 Minutes
November 13, 2017 November 2017 Agenda November 2017 Minutes
March 6, 2018 March 2018 Agenda March 2018 Minutes
May 8, 2018 May 2018 Agenda May 2018 Minutes
September 10, 2018 September 2018 Agenda September 2018 Minutes
November 5, 2018 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled

For older agendas and minutes, please contact Mike Danzik by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 27, 2020
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