House to vote on Hunger-Free Kids Act
Dec 1, 2010
The House is set to vote today on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a bill which would allow more kids to be eligible for school lunch programs with better nutrition standards and more locally-sourced ingredients.
The $4.5 billion bill passed unanimously in the Senate in August, and if approved by the House would allow Congress to increase funding for school lunch programs for the first time in 30 years.
The Obama administration as well as house speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Democrats yesterday to pass the bill, citing national security and moral responsibility to children. "The future prosperity of our country depends on having a highly educated and skilled work force that’s ready to compete, but kids that have food insecurity learn at a slower rate than their peers...[and] don’t have the same chance to succeed," she said.
Some Democrats that support the bill take issue with its funding, which would take over $2 billion away from food stamp programs, reports ABC News.
According to the Department of Agriculture, 21.3 percent of families with children faced food insecurity last year.