President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into Law

January 1, 2011

December 13, 2010

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was signed into law today. The bill will improve the quality of school breakfasts, lunches and other foods sold in schools while also strengthening nutrition programs that serve young children, including WIC and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Seeking to end childhood obesity and hunger, the Act, will increase the number of students eligible for school meal programs while improving the quality of the food served. 

First Lady Michelle Obama, through her work with Let’s Move!, helped the effort to pass this legislation. Broad support for the bill came from Republicans, Democrats, health experts, educators, child advocates, religious leaders, and foundations. Below is a sample from those applauding this law:

On behalf of Mission: Readiness and over 100 retired generals and admirals who support child nutrition legislation as a matter of national security, we are very pleased that the nation has taken this important step in addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic. -Retired Army Generals John M. Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, Former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

By passing a bill that addresses the nutritional quality of school lunches, an important step is being taken to give children choices that will make them healthier and more productive. -Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas 1996-2007

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act recognizes the importance of school meals to the health and academic success of America’s children and gives school nutrition programs critical resources to bring more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products into cafeterias. -Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, President, School Nutrition Association (SNA) 

Today's signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is something to celebrate, whether you are one of the 31 million schoolchildren who stand to benefit from it, or their parents, or America’s farmers. –Michael Pollan, Author and Journalism Professor