WASHINGTON -- By unanimous consent, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
of 2010 (S. 3307) passed the Senate Thursday afternoon, Aug. 5, receiving
accolades from the United Fresh Produce Association.
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition & Forestry, introduced the legislation earlier this year, which will
"expand access to the child nutrition programs to reduce childhood hunger,
improve the nutritional quality of school meals to promote health and address
childhood obesity," according to United.
"The drive for healthier kids through increased consumption of fresh fruits
and vegetables is something that United Fresh and the entire produce industry
has pursued for many years now," United Fresh President and Chief Executive
Officer Tom Stenzel said in an Aug. 5 statement. "United Fresh commends
Chairman Lincoln, ranking member Saxby Chambliss and the Senate
Agriculture Committee and members of the Senate for their passage of the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This bill provides a clear road map for
healthier school meals and greater access to fresh, healthy fruits and
Important provisions in the bill reflect United Fresh priorities and
recommendations, including an increased reimbursement of 6 cents per
school lunch which is tied to serving healthier meals consistent with the
Dietary Guidelines, including more fruits and vegetables. This is the first
increase in the reimbursement rate in 40 years. The bill also provides more
training for schools to serve healthier meals, and strengthens school wellness
United Fresh also recognized first lady Michelle Obama's leadership in urging
Senate passage of the Child Nutrition bill.
United Fresh and other members of the National Alliance for Nutrition &
Activity Coalition urged the House of representatives to pass child nutrition
legislation before the programs expire Sept. 30.