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Why the School Lunch Bill Is a Historic Victory

One of the last victories to be secured by the Democratic Congress, the school food bill increases the quality of school food we serve to kids.


A victory in the battle for healthier school lunches cleared its way through Congress yesterday afternoon. The bill is now headed for President Obama's desk, where is is virtually guaranteed a swift passage (thanks in no small part to the interest and backing of the First Lady).

The child nutrition bill determines the reimbursement rate for school lunches, the type of food that can be sold in vending machines, and whether trans fats can be banned from the equation. Prior to the new legislation, schools were reimbursed up to $2.68 per school lunch. For the first time in 30 years, it will now be increased by six cents, to $2.74.

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