The bill, dubbed the No Hungry Kids Act, is in direct response to new U. Department of Agriculture guidelines that for the first time in 15 years update the standards for the National School Lunch Program. The updated guidelines were part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which had high profile backing from First Lady Michelle Obama and her kids lunches for school to combat childhood obesity. The new law not only called for new standards, but also, for the first time since 1980, mandated an increase in federal subsidies to school meal programs.
The new rules are based on recommendations from experts at the Institute of Medicine, and include increasing the availability of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat milk, and set limits on the levels of calories and saturated fat in foods. For the first time in history, school meals are also limited to a certain number of calories: 650 calories for meals for kindergarten through fifth grade, 700 calories for seventh and eighth grade and 850 calories for high school. Both congressmen are taking a stand against this development, arguing that instead of helping to curb obesity the new policy actually leaves kids hungry. Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act,’ was interpreted by Secretary Vilsack to be a directive that, because some kids are overweight, he would put every child on a diet. Parents know that their kids deserve all of the healthy and nutritious food they want. King is locked in a fierce congressional reelection battle with Sec.