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Minnesota universal free meals bill advances through first House committee

The state is one of several currently looking at providing free meals for all students.

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Proposed New Mexico budget includes funding for universal free meals

The executive budget recommendation allocates $30 million to provide free meals to all students in the state.

Rising costs plus labor and supply chain disruptions make it difficult to run school nutrition programs, the SNA says, adding that programs will be "financially unsustainable" if higher meal reimbursement rates expire this summer as planned.

Over 726,000 students in the state lost access to free school meals after USDA waivers that provided free meals to all students expired last summer.

The Hunger-Free Schools Act would provide free school breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of family income.

It is the ninth major food allergen to be recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will now have to be properly labeled on products.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 would establish a permanent summer EBT program and allow summer meal sites to offer non-congregate meals.

The state will use federal funding to continue providing free meals through the next school year.

Arizona students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will now receive free ones, starting in January.

The No Hungry Kids in Schools Act would allow more students to receive free meals at school while also reducing paperwork for school nutrition operators.

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