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Build Back Better Act would expand free student meal access and more

The bill would put almost $35 billion toward reducing childhood hunger.
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The House Education and Labor Committee just released its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which would provide just under $35 billion toward reducing childhood hunger.

According to a fact sheet released by the committee, the bill would expand school meal eligibility to give 9 million more children access to free school meals. In addition, it would set up a nationwide program to provide Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT) benefits to eligible low-income children.

The bill would also allot funding toward updating school kitchen equipment and investing in health-focused nutrition programs for students.

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