(WASHINGTON) -- With the first lady by his side, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law Monday, noting that if he hadn’t been able to get this bill passed he would be “sleeping on the couch.”
“At a very basic level, this act is about doing what's right for our children,” President Obama said from the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C., “because when our kids walk into the lunch room, we want to be sure that they're getting balanced, nutritious meals that they need to succeed in the classroom.”
The bill provides $4.5 billion to schools over the next decade and sets standards for food served in school cafeterias, vending machines and stores. The legislation, the president touted, will help 115,000 children get school meal programs and reimburses schools an additional six cents per lunch to help them provide healthier options.
The president noted the bill is fully paid for and will not add to the deficit.
Michelle Obama, herself an advocate of combating childhood obesity, spoke after her husband, painting the school lunch meals as “vital” for combating hunger, and improving the health of the nation’s children.
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