MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Full and healthy stomachs lead to better learning in schools and a more prosperous nation. Children are able to concentrate more in the classroom and acquire the skills they need to compete in a global economy.
We hope the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act passed by Congress this month does all that and more. This bill expands the Child Nutrition Act passed 34 years ago.
Healthier meals in schools are critical. For some in our area, the breakfast and lunch served at school is their only food each day. Many in our area serve in the military and if implemented well, this bill will hopefully lead to more fit service members.
The legislation directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set new nutritional standards for all food served in school lunchrooms and vending machines: less sodium, sugar and fat and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Hunger must not impede learning. Healthier kids benefit all of us.