Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar Introduce Universal School Meals Bill

Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar introduce common faculty meals invoice

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) collectively launched on Tuesday the Universal School Meals Program Act, a invoice that will assist present three free meals per day for all U.S. faculty kids.

Currently, solely college students from houses that make under a sure threshold (lower than 185 p.c of the poverty line, the equal of about $47,600 for a household of 4) can apply without cost or reduced-price lunch. Under the brand new invoice, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack can be free for all college students. The laws would additionally erase all faculty meal debt, prohibit faculty lunch shaming, enhance the reimbursement fee to cowl the price of producing meals, present a $0.30 per meal incentive for colleges that purchase native, and give lower-income kids an additional $60 per thirty days through the summer time to assist cowl meals whereas faculty is out of session, in response to a invoice abstract.

“In the richest country in the history of the world, when the top 1 percent are making more than they ever have before, it is simply outrageous that 1 in 5 children will go hungry this year,” stated Sanders in an announcement.

School meal debt and lunch shaming — the apply of denying college students scorching or normal lunches if their households have unpaid meal charges — have been just lately spotlighted. Earlier this week, California banned lunch shaming with the signing of a invoice that ensures all college students obtain a meal of their alternative even when they’ve accrued excellent balances.

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