Thousands of additional children will qualify for free or reduced price school lunches under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law Monday.
Under the new legislation, an additional 115,000 kids will be eligible for school meal programs. The government will also reimburse schools six cents per meal to help provide fresher and healthier choices.
The new law is a big win for First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been a strong voice in fighting childhood obesity since since coming to the White House.
"Had I not been able to get this passed, I would be sleeping on the couch," President Obama said.
"When so many families are struggling, when school meals sometimes are the main source of nourishment for so many kids, we have an obligation to make sure that those meals are as nutritious as possible," Mrs. Obama said.
The law will allow the government to regulate what is sold in vending machines, but will not affect bake sales or after school events.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act holds a price tag of about $4.5 billion.
Part of the legislation will be paid for by rolling back the food stamp program.