President Obama Signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Instead of cheese pizza, hot dogs, and tater tots on the school lunch menu, students may be offered healthier meal options such as whole wheat spaghetti, chef salad, and cantaloupe wedges.
In an effort to reduce childhood hunger and obesity, President Obama just signed a $4.5 billion bill called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Under the new law, more public school kids (an estimated 16 million) will have access to food, especially nutritious food options, through school lunches and vending machines. Water will also also be available for free during meals.
In addition, foster children will now be provided with free meals and schools will be reimbursed more for meeting nutritional standards, a reimbursement that will help schools in low-income, high-poverty districts. Plus, government funds will be provided to schools for programs that will educate kids on fitness and dietary guidelines and how to form healthy habits. Even breastfeeding moms will benefit from the new bill–the government will provide more funds to state agencies that can demonstrate an increase in breastfeeding.
While funding for the bill spans over a 10-year period, the effort to make sure every child in America stays healthy and well-fed will be an ongoing effort.
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