Congressman Fattah Says Nutrition Law Helps Philadelphia

Dec 13, 2010, 16:18 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) issues the following statement as President Obama today signs into law the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010:

"The legislation that President Obama signed today to improve nutrition among schoolchildren will have a major impact in Philadelphia, as First Lady Michelle Obama understood when she visited Fairhill Elementary School in North Philadelphia to promote her 'Let's Move!' campaign. The First Lady recognized the innovative work undertaken in Philadelphia to ensure kids grow up healthy. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will expand on and replicate Philadelphia's efforts and ensure our urban centers are great places to live and play.

"As a leader in the Congress working for enactment of this legislation, I am particularly grateful for the new law's support of the Philadelphia School Lunch Pilot, a successful program that goes back almost two decades. This legislation codifies and expands the survey-based method to determine eligibility for entire low-income school populations – a method that has worked so well in Philadelphia.

"The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act will strengthen school meal programs everywhere and ensure that every student has access to high quality nutrition. I applaud the President for signing this bill and especially the First Lady for her zealous and high impact advocacy. Healthy kids are kids ready to learn and to achieve." 

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah