First Lady Michelle Obama and the head of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack, announced the expansion of a pilot program to feed up to 9 million American children eat healthy meals at school, especially breakfast. In a press release published by usda.gov, the USDA announced new wellness programs that could help tackle the problem of child poverty in the United States.
“To help schools with the implementation of the school wellness policies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new “School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources” website, which includes sample wellness policy language for school districts and a dedicated page of resources for food marketing practices on the school campus.”
The press release goes on to announce the nationwide expansion of a food program to ensure hungry children are being fed are receiving them through school regardless of the income of parents, all children would be fed.
“Beginning July 1, 2014, more than 22,000 schools across the country—which serve primarily low-income students—will be eligible to serve healthy free lunches and breakfasts to all students. This will help as many as 9 million American children eat healthy meals at school, especially breakfast, which can have profound impacts on educational achievement.”
The United States ranked almost last when it came to child poverty in industrialized nations according to the most recent United Nations Children’s Fund report.
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