Celebrity chef Rachel Ray joined the campaign to fight childhood obesity this week. According to a report by the Pittsburg Post-Gazette Ms. Ray appeared with Sen. Bob Casey and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar to advocate for a $4.5 billion funding increase for child nutrition programs.

According to the news report, the senators, who all serve on the Agriculture committee, hope to move the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to the floor this year.

This bill would be an update to the 2004 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and would increase federal subsidies to school lunches and the farm-to-school program. The goal is to make meals healthier and higher quality, while also giving the government new regulatory authority over vending machines crammed with unhealthy snacks.

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Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette