Bill to make NJ schools wait before denying meals to students is passed by Assembly

TRENTON — A bill that would require school districts to give parents more time to pay school lunch bills before denying meals to their children was easily approved by the state Assembly today.

The Assembly voted 77-0 to approve the bill, which was written in response to a policy announced by Willingboro schools in November to instruct staff to throw kids’ meals away if their lunch accounts are delinquent.

“In order to put the student’s best interests first, we need to take a compassionate, yet practical, approach when it comes this sensitive issue,” the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D-Hudson), said in a statement.

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