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Colorado bill would provide universal free meals and encourage local procurement in schools

The state would reimburse schools for meals served to students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals and create a farm-to-school grant program.
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A bill has been introduced in Colorado that would provide universal free meals to students in the state and set up a grant program to encourage schools to purchase local products.

Under SB22-087, the Colorado Department of Education would be instructed to create a program to reimburse schools for meals served to students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals. In addition, schools would be required to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision if eligible.  

The bill would also create a local food purchasing grant to provide funding for schools to purchase Colorado grown, raised or processed products for school meals. Schools would need to create a parent and student advisory food purchasing committee to be considered eligible for the grant.

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