ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted unanimously on a bill guaranteeing children don’t get denied a school lunch for lack of money.
The bill passed Thursday gained traction amid reports that some districts denied lunches to kids who couldn’t afford them or supplied those children with a lesser meal than peers.
Representative Yvonne Selcer says the vote should “make the statement that no child shall go hungry in a Minnesota school because of the inability to pay.”
Most subsidies for school lunches come from the federal government, but the state adds a small share. Children on reduced-price meal programs still have a gap of 40 cents between the subsidies and the typical hot lunch cost.
A similar bill is traveling through the Senate. Governor Mark Dayton is also on board.