"Today 17 million children in the country live in food insecure homes, which means at some point in time in that month, they're likely not going to get all the nutrition they need. But at school, we'll be able to support them, we'll be able to supplement what happens at home, and we'll be able to send, I think, a strong message about nutrition and the importance of making every calorie count."
Some of those oh-so-tasty, and oh-so-bad-for-you, treats sold in school vending machines will be history in another year.
New federal standards announced today will require that items be limited to 200 calories. They must also have higher amounts of protein, whole grains, and nutrients.
This means things like full-fat cookies and brownies will be replaced with fruit and light popcorn.
This is the first overhaul of the snacks sold at schools in three decades, and the feds say this is long overdue.
Schools and snack companies must meet the new standards by July of next year, in time for the 2014-2015 school year. The rules will not affect after-school snacks, bake sale treats, or items sold at sport events.