FLOTUS on Deciding What Kids Eat: “We Can’t Just Leave It Up to the Parents”
CNS News reported:
Speaking at Monday’s signing ceremony for the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act”–a law that will subsidize and regulate what children eat before school, at lunch, after school, and during summer vacations in federally funded school-based feeding programs–First Lady Michelle Obama said of deciding what American children should eat:
“We can’t just leave it up to the parents.”
The law gives the federal government for the first time the authority to regulate the food sold at local schools, including in vending machines.
“When our kids spend so much of their time each day in school, and when many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals, it’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well. We can’t just leave it up to the parents. I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway. I think that our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards.”