CUELLAR ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF CHILD NUTRITION ACT
Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), announced that the House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the most significant improvement to child nutrition programs in more than 30 years.
Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), announced that the House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the most significant improvement to child nutrition programs in more than 30 years.Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), announced that the House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the most significant improvement to child nutrition programs in more than 30 years. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.
Focusing on improving children’s health and reducing childhood obesity, the bill authorizes $4.5 billion over 10 years to provide an additional 21 million meals to children annually and connect approximately 115,000 new students to the school meal programs, as well as establish national nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools throughout the day.
“Every child needs access to a healthy start—not only for the health of the child, but for the health of our community as well,” said Congressman Cuellar. “By providing our students with healthier meals, we are enriching their bodies and minds to succeed in school and focus in the classroom. Also, this bill allows us to start reversing the trajectory of childhood obesity and hunger and address the urgent needs of our youngest and most vulnerable population.”
In Texas, 2.9 million children participate in the National School Lunch Program, feeding 65% of all Texas students. Currently, the national poverty rate for children is 20.7 percent – up from 15.6 percent in 2000 – and childhood hunger is correlated with poverty. In addition, one in three children is currently either overweight or obese – up dramatically over the last 20 years.
What Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 means for South Texas families:
The legislation is supported by a broad coalition of more than 1,300 anti-hunger, public health, faith, food industry, and other groups – including the Texas Food Bank Network, Food Research and Action Center, American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, National Education Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Food Marketing Institute, National Farmers Union, and Catholic Charities.
“There is no greater investment that we can make than in our children. The lack of access to proper nutrition leaves nearly one in four children at risk of hunger and nearly one in three overweight or obese,” said JC Dwyer, State Policy Director, Texas Food Bank Network. “For many children, child nutrition programs provided in school and out-of-school settings offer the most nourishing meals they receive each day. Yet, far too many children are not being served because programs are not accessible in their community.”
The House passed this bipartisan bill by a vote of 264-157. The Senate passed it by unanimous consent on August 5, 2010. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.
Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Oversight & Government Reform Committees in the 111th Congress. Accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development, and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Senior Whip and member of the Blue Dog Coalition