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Hawaii introduces universal free meals bill

If passed, the bill would guarantee all public school students free breakfast and lunch starting next school year.
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A bill has been introduced in Hawaii that would provide universal free meals to students.

HB 620 would require public schools to serve students free breakfast and lunch each school day. If passed, it would go into effect next school year.

Universal free meals have found growing support among school nutrition professionals and food leaders. Both the School Nutrition Association and food leaders who attended the White House’s Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health have called on Congress to pass legislation that would allow schools to offer universal free meals nationwide.

Hawaii is one of several states currently considering offering universal free meals to students.

See which states currently offer universal free meals using the map below:

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