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Hunger-Free Kids Act
Transcript of Hunger-Free Kids Act
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is a federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2010. The bill provides funding for school lunches, so children whose family can't afford them will still be able to eat. The bill funds child nutrition programs and free lunch programs in schools for the next 5 years.The bill also sets new nutrition standards for schools. The new nutrition standards have been a point initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama in her fight against childhood obesity as part of her Let's Move!
Specific calorie limits are set and involve gradual reduction in sodium content of meals. HHFK also increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school lunch menu.
Created additional funding for school lunches
Allows USDA to set new standards for food sold in lunches during the regular day, as well as what is sold in vending machines.
Increased the number of eligible children for school meal programs by 115,000
Uses census data to determine student need in high-poverty areas, rather than relying on paper applications.
Authorizes USDA to provide meals in more after-school programs in "high-risk" areas
Increases access to drinking water in schools
Students that are in after school athletic programs say that the calorie intake they get from school lunches is insufficient.
While 700 - 850 calories for lunch is healthy for the normal high school student, anyone that plays a sport after school needs more sustenance to give them the energy they need. A Guide to Eating Healthy for Sports" that says active teens require 2000 to 5000 calories per day to adequately meet their growth and energy needs.
Some students would rather go hungry than eat the food offered.
The USDA has responded with a spokesperson saying, “One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they’re still hungry is that many children aren’t used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less school. So it’s a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it’s that they are not eating all the food that’s being offered.” (Fox News)
What other ways could the subject of childhood
obesity be handled without changing the menu for everyone else?
An opinion from a New Jersey news writer of the South Bergenite says, " FYI to the federal government, children are not obese because they eat school lunches. Many children are obese because they don’t get enough exercise. They don’t walk to or from school, they don’t eat healthy meals at home and they do lots of sitting in front of the computer and the television. It’s great that school lunches include more vegetables and fruits, but there are not many children who will eat steamed broccoli with no salt, butter or cheese. Unfortunately the unsavory vegetables end up in the trash and don’t benefit anyone."
After the next five years are over and the bill is up for renewal, would one suggest keeping the HHFK Act active? If no, then why?
How do you feel about the government trying to control what children eat now? Are they going too far?