U.S. House Helps Along Child Nutrition Bill

The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The bill, which previously passed the Senate by unanimous consent, will now go to President Obama for his signature. Passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act also represents the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

"This historic legislation is a huge victory for children, their families and schools across America and a victory for fruits and vegetables and public health," said United Fresh vice president of nutrition and health Dr. Lorelei DiSogra. "For the first time in more than 30 years, Congress is increasing the federal reimbursement rate for school lunch by $.06/meal, specifically making possible theserving of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. United Fresh is extremely gratified to have helped spearhead this landmark legislation that promises to dramatically improve the wellbeing of more than 31 million school children in America."

In total, the bill includes provisions to improve the healthfulness of school meals and create healthier school food environments that increase students access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The legislation will also create national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, school stores and a la carte cafeteria lines.

"United Fresh and our members have helped lead the charge for healthier school meals for many years," said United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzel. "It is so encouraging to see Congress recognize that giving kids healthier options is a great first step toward fostering a healthier country."

Source: United Fresh Produce Association news release