The House of Representatives passed The Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act yesterday, which means the bill will now go to the President to sign. The Act expands the school lunch program and gives the Secretary of Agriculture the power to set nutrition standards for school lunches. The Act also opens up the free lunch program to about 100,000 kids currently on Medicaid that were not previously receiving free lunch. The vote was pretty much along party lines, but some Democrats voted against the bill because it is paid for through cuts in SNAP benefits. Some other Representatives opposed the bill because it increases that amount paid per lunch by students whose families make more than 185% FPL. Despite the opposition, the passage represents a victory for First Lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity.
To read the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, click here.
To read Michelle Obama’s statement on the passage of the Act, click here.
To read the New York Times article on the Act, click here.
To see how your Representative voted, click here.