Congress Approves Child Nutrition Bill

Robert Pear
December 7, 2010

Advocates have long been working to limit foods high in “empty” non-nutritious calories in schools – high-fat vending snacks and school meals, brownie-heavy fund-raisers, and high-calorie drinks. So the limits on such foods and an added 6 cents per meal, the first above-inflation increase in federal reimbursements in decades are welcome.

Congress gave final approval to a child nutrition bill that expands the school lunch program and sets new standards to improve the quality of school meals, with more fruits and vegetables. School meal programs have a major impact on the nation’s health, and supporters of the bill said it could reduce the prevalence of obesity among children. The lunch program feeds more than 31 million children a day.