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Nutritious school lunches for all is goal of new law

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Luis Avilar-Turcios after signing the new law.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Luis Avilar-Turcios after signing the new law. (Nikki Kahn)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Look for more, and fresher, fruits and veggies in your school lunch, thanks to a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Monday.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is meant to help solve two huge nutritional issues for American kids:

l Childhood obesity, which affects as many as a third of all kids.

l Childhood hunger, which affects 25 percent of American kids.

There is a lot of overlap between kids who are overweight and kids who are hungry: Both groups don't get enough good food. The law will provide money to schools to help create school gardens, set nutrition standards for foods served and ensure that water is available at every meal.

"At a very basic level, this act is about doing what's right for our children," the president said at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in the District.


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