updated 12/9/2010 2:15:21 AM ET 2010-12-09T07:15:21

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a landmark vote on December 3, 2010 Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to be signed by the President. This will become the first piece of legislation to provide $4.5 billion over the coming years for healthy, nutritious school meals, healthy vending programs and to fight childhood obesity. The measure will establish federal nutritional guidelines making more nutritious foods more accessible throughout school campuses, eliminate junk food and sugary soft drinks in school lunch programs as well as school vending machines. For all kids, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act promotes overall wellness through increased nutritional standards and physical activity.

"This legislation will significantly improve the health, quality and wellness of school nutrition programs," said Jolly Backer the CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending. "Fresh Healthy Vending is a committed partner in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to end childhood obesity and this bill supports the work we've been doing to promote student well-being by improving nutritional content in schools through our Fresh Healthy Vending Schools program," said Backer. "This legislation represents an historic improvement in federal child nutrition programs at a time when our kids gravely need it. The investment in child nutrition created by this bill will help us combat both the childhood obesity and the diabetes epidemics."

Congress is paving the way for Fresh Healthy Vending, the nation's leading healthy vending franchisor, to quickly gain access for its franchisees into the nation's school systems. There are over 150,000 public elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S. which represents a significant and immediate market opportunity for Fresh Healthy Vending Franchisees in cities across the U.S.

Fresh Healthy Vending has a website that specializes in school vending programs at schools.freshvending.com.

About Fresh Healthy Vending

Fresh Healthy Vending is North America's leading healthy vending franchisor and the only vending company that offers 100% juices, fresh vegetables, fruits, smoothies, and yogurts in every one of its healthy  vending machines. Its model includes state of the art equipment, location procurement services, product distribution and development and comprehensive marketing support.

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CONTACT:  Fresh Healthy Vending
          (858) 210-4200

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