Cantwell Hails Signing into Law of Child Nutrition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent on August 5th and the House on December 2nd in a 264-157 vote.

“This bill represents a major step forward in our effort to battle child obesity and provide healthier food options to every child attending school. For the first time ever, all food sold in schools, including in vending machines, will be subject to nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time in 30 years, we are providing extra funding to schools that meet updated nutritional standards for federally-subsidized lunches. And we are helping communities establish farm-to-school partnerships to take advantage of foods grown locally. With these provisions and more, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act means a healthier future and lower health care costs for millions of children and young adults across the nation.”