PolicyLink Statement on Child Nutrition Passage
Statement on the Senate passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink CEO and advisory board chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity:
“Thanks to determined support in the Senate, millions of children are closer to getting healthier, more nutritious school meals – and getting a leg up in the fight against childhood obesity. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will ensure that many more schoolchildren have access to better meals and more nutrition information and that local farmers have an expanded market to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables.
“In this time of continuing economic unease, the Act is particularly important for children of color and children from low-income families – two groups hit hardest by the obesity crisis. For many poor children, school meals serve as the primary source of nutrition throughout the day. In passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Senate has made a strong stand for healthy meals for all children.”
Now, it is up to the House to make the same stand so Congress can send this bill to President Obama’s desk.