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Child Nutrition Advisory Council

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


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 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 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 re-appointed.


CNAC Members

Application Information (PDF)
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is currently taking appointments for the Student Member.

Staff Support

Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609

Principal Staff Contact

Kim Frinzell
Phone: 916-322-1566

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 16, 2018
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