SOURCE: National PTA
December 02, 2010 17:55 ET
National PTA® Applauds Congress for Passing Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Legislation to Improve Child Nutrition Programs Awaits President's Signature
ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, by a vote of 264-157. The reasonable, common sense measures included in this bill will allow child nutrition programs and school foods to enter the 21st century.
"This legislation is a tremendous step forward in the ongoing effort to protect and preserve the health and well-being of our nation's youth," says Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors, National PTA President. "At a time when one third of our nation's children are either overweight or obese and one fourth are at risk of hunger, the National PTA applauds Congress for passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and helping us in our ongoing efforts to make every child's potential a reality."
The bill increases access to vital anti-hunger measures, improves the nutrition quality of all foods served in schools throughout the school day, and provides a wide variety of supports necessary for school food service workers to meet the needs of American children. For additional information on the specific provisions in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, please see PTA's fact sheet on the bill.
National PTA, the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association, has worked to improve child health outcomes since its inception in 1897. These efforts have led to the creations of the U.S. Public Health Service, the school lunch program, and the Department of Health and Human Services at the federal level. In addition, we have consistently provided a platform for parents to advocate for children and work together to support generations of Americans.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
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