Yesterday, Barack Obama signed important legislation championed by First Lady Michelle Obama to improve child nutrition. Per the LA Times:
Technically called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the bill reauthorizes the federal nutrition program, a $4.5-billion measure that expands free school meals for the needy. For the first time, it sets nutritional standards for all food, whether in cafeterias or in school vending machines, and is designed to help fight obesity among children, which has led to an increase in disease, such as diabetes.
The bill also increases the spending per meal by about 6 cents, President Obama noted. He said the money for funding the increase came from cuts in the food-stamp program but that he was committed to working with Congress to find a way to restore those funds.
The bill passed the Senate in August and was approved by the House earlier this month.