Panel Approves Measure Aimed at Healthier Food in Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Greasy pizzas and high-calorie desserts may be less frequent lunchtime treats for schoolchildren under a
wide-ranging nutrition bill approved by a Senate panel.

The legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Agriculture
Committee would create uniform standards for all foods in schools,
including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal
options. The legislation allocates an additional $4.5 billion over
10 years for nutrition programs.

It would also expand the number of low-income children eligible
for free or reduced cost meals - a step Democrats say would help
President Barack Obama's goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015.

The bill has support from many of the nation's largest food and
beverage companies, including Mars Inc. and PepsiCo.

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