WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier school lunches has stalled in Congress after anti-hunger groups and more than 100 Democrats protested the use of food stamp dollars to pay for it.
The child nutrition bill would improve lunches in schools and expand feeding programs for low-income students. Passage of the bill has been a priority for Democrats and hunger groups for years. But the groups and many members of the House switched sides when leaders proposed a vote on a Senate-passed version of the legislation that uses future funding for food stamp programs to pay for part of the $4.5 billion cost.
The first lady has lobbied aggressively for the legislation as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity.