NJ school lunches may get healthier if the state Assembly passes new bill

A state Assembly committee passed a new bill Monday that would drastically curb the sugar, salt and fat content in the foods in New Jersey school lunches.

One of the bills sponsors cited statistics that show almost 15 percent of children ages 6 to 17 are overweight or obese. Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) feels it is important to eliminate high sugar and high fat foods that children have access to at vending machines and in the lunchrooms.

If the bill passes and becomes a law, New Jersey students will be eating healthier foods in the cafeterias. The bill passed out of committee eight to nothing, with two abstentions. It will now go to the full Assembly for a vote.

Related link:National School Lunch Program Fact Sheet

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