“The House of Representatives today [12/02/2010] approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307), paving the way for President Obama to sign the legislation. The bill will improve school meals, support farmers through Farm to School programs, address skyrocketing obesity rates, and feed more hungry children.
The National Farm to School Network, whose members have worked tirelessly in support of child nutrition legislation in the 111th Congress, applauds the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
“Today, we celebrate a truly historic moment. We thank the sponsors of this legislation for providing leadership and including a first-time investment in Farm to School programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Funding this innovative and effective program will benefit America’s children and farmers through providing healthy foods and creating new markets,” stated Anupama Joshi, Co-Director of the National Farm to School Network.
“By connecting schools with local farmers, the bill creates a win-win for our nation’s children and farmers and builds on a proven method of combating childhood obesity. We congratulate Congress for providing tens of millions of dollars for Farm to School programs,” stated Marion Kalb, Co-Director of the National Farm to School Network.
With one in four children in this country at risk of hunger, and one in three obese or overweight, S. 3307 is a step in the right direction.”
The next step is for the bill to go to the President. It will become law after he signs it.