All Kids in CA Deserve Two Free School Meals a Day

The Daily Californian (June 22nd, 2021) – All Kids in CA Deserve Two School Meals a Day

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Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted his revised 2021-22 budget, a proposal that embraces the concept of free, nutritional meals for all students. Now, many eyes are fixed on him as he is poised to cement the state’s legacy as the first in the nation to standardize the provision of free school meals.

California is home to about 6 million K-12 public school students as well as the fifth-largest economy in the world. Its leadership in implementing universal free meals would be a game changer for our kids, families, growers and food service workers, serving as an example for other states.

As co-sponsors of SB 364 — a bill introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, also known as the Free School Meals for All Act of 2021 — we call on Gov. Newsom to support the Legislature’s recently passed budget. While this budget was passed as a placeholder to satisfy a constitutional deadline, negotiations between the Legislature and Newsom are ongoing, and a deal for a final state budget is expected any time between now and July 1. The placeholder budget was directly influenced by SB 364, providing $650 million in ongoing funding beginning in 2022-23 to ensure all students have access to free breakfast and lunch at school…

 

Read the Op-Ed here.