FWCS Prepares For New Child Nutrition Law

By John W. Davis

December 3, 2010 Updated Dec 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The child nutrition act is being called groundbreaking legislation by its biggest supporter, Michelle Obama.

Once the bill is signed into law by President Barack Obama it will give the federal government more power to set nutritional standards for school lunches.

The new law is expected to tackle at least three key issues.

1. Feed more kids who are in need, by paying for more free and reduced-price lunches.

2. Set higher nutritional standards for school lunches and promote better eating habits.

3. Make it harder to serve junk food at schools by updating regulation on school vending machines.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will cost $4.5 billion dollars.

$2.2 billion dollars of that money will come from cuts to the federal food stamps program.

Fort Wayne Community Schools officials are eager to learn more details but think it will be a good law.

"Hopefully there's some additional funding sources that may help us out. We do have a high percentage of students that are on free or reduced price lunch. Anything we can do to help those students, we think is a positive," said Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer Krista Stockman.

School officials said they are already faced with feeding some students who are not getting enough to eat at home, who actually need high calorie meals.

FWCS explained that it is their goal to offer nutritious and filling school lunches.

"Anybody who has ever been to the grocery store knows that those fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are a lot more expensive than some of the canned items or some of the processed foods. So it is a balancing act between what we can afford and what we know is nutritious for the kids," said Stockman.

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