N.M. senator introduces follow-up to lunch shaming bill
About one year after introducing an anti-lunch shaming bill, New Mexico Sen. Michael Padilla has debuted a follow-up bill to help ensure students are receiving nutritious meals at school, KRQE reports.
Senate Joint Memorial 16 would require the state’s Public Education Department to study the nutrition provided by the free breakfasts and lunches served at schools and how they can be improved.
“It requires the Public Education Department to go find other ways to bring dollars to the State of New Mexico to find healthier preparation mechanisms, dietitians possibly staffed in each one of the school districts,” Padilla told KRQE. “And basically, just because we’re putting a lunch in front of you doesn’t mean it’s a healthy lunch.”
If put into law, the study would be completed by October. Lawmakers would then discuss how to improve school meals based on the study.
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