The bill will increase federal funding for school lunches by about 6 cents per child and allow the Secretary of Agriculture to set standards for foods sold in schools (bye, bye soda vending machines!). It will also help combat childhood hunger by making more than 100,000 children on Medicaid eligible for free lunch.
“We can agree that in the wealthiest nation on earth, all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow,” said Michelle Obama. “Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Nothing.”
The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 264 to 157, has been supported by a slew of well-known celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, and Cat Cora.
“From the First Lady’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative to the President’s Childhood Nutrition bill, the Obama Administration has instigated a much-needed attitude change towards proper nutrition,” said Cora. “As a chef and as a mother of four, I understand the importance of providing my own children with wholesome meals and firmly believe that all of our nation’s children should be afforded the same opportunity to grow up healthy which is why this legislation is so important.”
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