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California becomes 1st state in the United States to Offer Free Meals at School For Kids

As reported by the California Department of Education, California will be the first state to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program

A free meal program will be available to all California students beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

The program is a part of Assembly Bill (AB) 130, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021. 

Every student in TK-12 will receive two free meals per school day, breakfast and lunch, regardless of their income level. The policy applies to students attending public schools, county offices of education, and charter schools.

The department of education states that;

“AB 130 establishes a California Universal Meals Program with changes to the state meal mandate and new requirements for high poverty schools to apply for a federal provision, such as the Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2.”

According to the department, providing nutritious meals is crucial to students’ success.  

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Source: Universal Meals Program & GMA

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