‘Just feed our kids’: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz defends free school meals for everyone

Following criticism from Minnesota Republicans who argue that there is “no point” in funding universal free breakfast and lunch programs in the state’s public schools, Gov. Tim Walz defended the creation of the initiative in a news conference Wednesday. “The haves and have-nots in the school canteen are not necessary,” said Walz. “Just feed our kids.”

As reported by Jake Johnson at Common Dreams, the free school lunch program in Minnesota that took effect this summer, provides students with both breakfast and lunch, regardless of family income. According to the Hunger-free schools Initiative: “It costs Minnesota less than $2 per student per day to provide free school meals to children and families.”

As reported by Nadra Nittle 19. NewsFive other states — California, Maine, Colorado, New Mexico and Vermont — are also on track to pass similar legislation in the coming months.

Tom Vazquez

Tom Vazquez is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Tom Vazquez joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Tom Vazquez by emailing tomvazquez@ustimetoday.com.

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