The pandemic has shown how important healthy school meals are for our children. Even after the pandemic, all students in California deserve access to free, California grown and freshly prepared meals at school. This new legislation, SB 364 (Skinner), would provide funding for #SchoolMealsForAll
April 7, 2021 - (Sacramento, CA) - A growing coalition of voices from across California called on lawmakers to support legislation that would ensure every student has access to freshly prepared school meals during an April 7th California Senate Education hearing on SB 364, the “School Meals for All Act of 2021.” School nutrition directors, teachers, labor organizations, nutrition education experts, environmental groups, public health and child poverty advocates, as well as ranchers and farmers, say increasing access to school meals would reduce stigma, improve student behavior and health, invest in school nutrition workers, and support local farmers.
SB 364 the FREE SCHOOL MEALS ACT of 2021 would provide every California student with free school meals (breakfast and lunch) while promoting access to healthy, freshly prepared food grown by California farmers. The bill prioritizes low-income children, ensures that schools are adequately funded for their meal programs, and maximizes the drawdown of federal dollars for California school meals. The legislation is co-authored by more than 25 legislators across California.
The bill also establishes the Better Out of School Time (BOOST) Nutrition Program to prevent child hunger during regularly scheduled school breaks lasting a week or longer, or a campus closure caused by a natural or public health disaster or other state of emergency.
The pandemic has made school lunch free for all public school students. Advocates are hoping to make the change permanent.
CA Senator Nancy Skinner proposes ‘School Meals for All’ in a major move to help end child hunger and support local producers
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a bill that could give CA public school students access to free meals.