Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Back in August, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” (also known as the Child Nutrition Act), bringing America’s children one step closer to healthier, more nutritious food choices in their schools.
If passed, the bill will provide an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years for federal child nutrition programs – including school lunches – marking the first time in 30 years that the federal government has increased funding for these programs.
Clearly, the bill’s bi-partisan support shows that the momentum for change is there – but with only three weeks left to get it through the House and to President Obama’s desk, the time to act is now.
Today Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder & CEO of PolicyLink and Advisory Board Chair of the RWJF’s Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, released the following statement urging Congress to support the bill:
“The school cafeteria may soon be a more welcoming place now that Congress is finally coalescing around some of the most important reforms ever to the nation’s school lunch program.
“For the first time in more than three decades, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act would provide schools with a much needed bump in their food budgets – enabling them to buy fresher, healthier foods for all students.
“The bill also helps educate children about nutrition – a crucial step in battling the national childhood obesity crisis. Black and Latino children, in particular, have the least access to healthy food and will benefit most from this effort. All children need and deserve healthy options – in school and out.”