The “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids act of 2010” will cost more now but will save money in the future. This act will increase school reimbursement by six cents and will ensure healthier food options for children starting in kindergarten and continuing through their senior year. This comes at a time when obesity is literally expanding.
“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 would commit an additional $4.5 billion to child-nutrition programs over the next 10 years and implement the most sweeping changes to those programs in decades, says Peter Eisler of USA today. a
At the urging of Michelle Obama, School cafeterias will also be encouraged to purchase food from local farms. This is an expansion of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
The bill also requires additional training and qualification requirements for cafeteria staff.
In addition, standards and regulations regarding children’s proof of income have been changed, in the hopes that more students will be eligible for free cafeteria lunches.