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Federal bill aims to increase summer meal access

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: A New Jersey bill would provide grant funding to schools that source local, and Texas’ approved budget will expand free school breakfast access for students.

Operations

U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide school nutrition programs additional procurement aid

The USDA will provide almost $1.3 billion to states to help schools procure American-grown products for their nutrition programs.

The state is one of the latest chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in the direct-certification program.

The state Senate approved a bill banning the use of gestation crates. The measure now moves to Gov. Phil Murphy, who is expected to sign it into law.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Louisiana’s governor signs a reduced-price meals bill into law, and a new bill in New Jersey would phase in universal free meals over a period of five years.

Starting July 1, all public school students in the state will be offered free breakfast and lunch.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: A federal bill would expand access to the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program, and several bills advance at the state level.

The California city has petitioned a federal court to have more judges consider a ban that three justices have already ruled against.

Also in this week’s legislative update: A bill aims to expand summer meal access in rural areas, and Ohio and Louisiana consider eliminating the reduced-price meal category.

This finding is likely to foster efforts to mandate paid sick leave.

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