St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A measure that would ensure all Minnesota children get hot lunches at school is closer to becoming law.
The Minnesota House approved the bill Thursday covering a forty-cent disparity between free lunches and reduced-prices lunches.
A Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid report last month detailed the extent to which Minnesota school districts turn away kids who cannot afford lunch.
Lawmakers say the vast majority of the population of kids who are affected by this policy are those receiving reduced-price lunches.
“Taking food out of the hands of a child is a form of bullying,” Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) said. “It is unconscionable to punish a child because their parents can’t afford to pay for a hot lunch. Beyond that, study after study shows children do better in school if they are fed a hot, nutritious meal. This bill means that kids will not try to learn while hungry.”