Release No. 0136.10
Contact: USDA Office of Communications
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the Unveiling of the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 —Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
issued the statement below in response to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
"I commend Chairman Lincoln and Senator Chambliss for their leadership on the
Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. Improving the quality of school meals and
the health of the school environment is critically important to the overall
health of our kids, in addition to their academic achievement. At the same time,
we must improve access to these vital programs and take steps to reduce hunger.
The framework announced today makes progress toward both goals. Though we
believe that additional access and nutrition goals can and should be
accomplished by passing a more robust bill that supports the President's request
of $10 billion in additional funding, the bipartisan announcement today is a
very positive step forward."