Kids’ Meal Bill

What will this bill do? This bill will make the healthy choice the easy choice for Baltimore City families ordering drinks from kids’ menus by ensuring that water, milk, 100% fruit juice, sparkling water and flavored water without added sweeteners will become the default drink options for all restaurants kids’ meals in the city of Baltimore. Families will be able to order other drinks upon request. Why is this bill necessary?
  • The  overconsumption of sugary drinks is a key factor in high rates of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay.
  • One in four children in Baltimore drinks at least one soda each day.
  • Sugary drinks are often the default options accompanying kids’ meals in restaurants, and Baltimore families too often end up with these choices as they eat out on an average of 2.6 times per week.