A Victory for Healthy Kids
Statement on the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell also serves as advisory board chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity:
“The school cafeteria will soon be a more welcoming place now that Congress has finally passed some of the most important reforms ever to the nation’s school lunch program. Thanks to today’s passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, millions of children will soon be healthier, more informed, and less obese. For the first time in more than three decades, the bill will 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.
“The bill will particularly help black and Latino children, who have the least access to healthy food and some of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Congress should be commended for making a strong stand for healthy meals for all children. Every parent, grandparent, and teacher should smile when this bill hits the Oval Office desk for President Obama’s signature.”