Bill aims to offer free meals to all California public school children

February 11, 2021

A lawmaker wants every public school student in California to be able to eat meals at school for free, no matter their status or income. 

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, (D-Berkeley), introduced "School Meals for All" on Wednesday to make free meals available to every public school student without any burdensome application process or eligibility determination.

If the bill is approved, it would be the first of its kind in the nation. 

"Free education for every child has long been the norm. Knowing how essential nutrition is to learning, it makes sense that free, healthy meals also be the norm," Skinner said in a statement. "SB 364 will ensure that students are fed without the red tape schools and families are currently burdened with."


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