Introduction of the Child Nutritional and WIC Reauthorization act of 2004 ensured that there were increased health inspectors and progress reports were produced regularly. Guidelines to be followed were developed and made available to all relevant parties upon requests. State agencies in the department of agriculture administered federal breakfast as well as lunch programs. These agencies had the duty of ensuring that food provided met the program regulations. They also planed for the school food authorities and offered them training.
They supported the implementation of food safety programs wholly. This act brought about uniformity in the implementation of nutritional food programs. a. policy goals The major goal of this policy was to include the goals for nutrition education, physical activity as well as other school based activities that would promote the student wellness across the races. Since the policy was to be funded by the government accountability was highly revered and effective monitoring was ensured.
b. political feasibility Various states run their issues independently in the federal government. Not all states had the food safety certification or training at the various levels. The requirements also differed from one region to the next. A small portion of the total states had certification requirements and not all employees were certified. Loose compliance with food safety certification, education or training requirements in some states also compromised on the effectiveness of this policy.
There was also the issue of interpretation where standards used could differ from one state to the next. (Giampaoli J, 2002). c. economic feasibility Funding of this policy war to be by the federal government to the various state agencies and it was to be according to the number of lunches that a region served according to the National Lunch Programs. Transparency or accountability were highly ensured so that money spent was well accounted for. (Barratt D, 2002). The funding was mostly to ensure that there was effective dissemination of information to promote wellness.
Funding is a however cited as a major problem or challenge in the effective implementation of this program. d. administrative feasibility Various challenges or problems are encountered with the implementation of this policy or act. The efficiency and effectiveness of the directors would be compromised by their inexperience. Another challenge that this Act was to face would be the fact that it would be difficult to ensure that the children were fully protected from accessing the unhealthy foods as the authority of the food directors was limited to the schools.
Food through other avenues still predisposed the children to unhealthy eating habits for instance the foods offered in the student stores, vending machines and fund raises are not monitored. (Youn S and Sneed J, 2002). There could also be the problem of the lack of a direct relationship with the people at the ground. For any policy to be effective it is appropriate to have all the involved parties working together.