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Bill will give free school lunches to Colorado students

DENVER (KDVR) – According to Hunger Free Colorado, more than 300,000 children in the state are eligible for free and reduced price school meals but if the pandemic teaches any lesson, one is that unexpected life events can happen. can cause many people to cut down on food to make a living.

Lawmakers in the Capitol plan to provide free school meals to all.

Lawmakers want to prevent child hunger in the state by providing free school breakfasts and lunches to all students, regardless of income eligibility.

“I’ve had people start coming up to me and saying, ‘Wow, I need a free lunch too but I don’t have the information to fill out a form.’ So I started down this rabbit hole to see how we could get this information out of the form because the federal government is the agency that we need to pay for the food,” said Representative Dafna. Michaelson Jenet, of Adams County, said. “And the federal government said, ‘No. No information, no money. ‘ This bill changes that.”

If passed, this measure would establish a statewide program to reimburse school districts for providing healthy meals to all students. Donors want the federal government to make most of the funding, but the state will also have to step in.

“I think it could be anywhere from $75 million to $105 million but we think something like that is very feasible and necessary. Marc Jacobson, CEO of Hunger Free Colorado, said:

Every student is currently eligible for free meals provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of the pandemic, but with those meals set to expire this year, Colorado lawmakers are hoping to make them a reality. mainstay as states like California and Maine have.

“In many schools, it fosters a sense of unity among everyone in the school when everyone eats lunch together and you don’t have to decide who gets which lunch,” said Evie Hudak, Colorado PTA vice president of marketing and media, said.

“There are too many people who qualify who don’t get school meals, who are also struggling and can’t get the food they need at home. So that’s why this is important, but it also ensures that we remove the stigma that everyone has access to healthy food at school so they can focus on their studies, “Jefferson County Senator Brittany Petterson said.

The measure will go into effect starting from the 2023-2024 budget year if it becomes law.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/why-student-food-bill-is-so-important/ Bill will give free school lunches to Colorado students

Tom Vazquez

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