Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a bill that would provide additional funding for schools in the state that offer universal free meals.
Under SB 720, public and private schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program and serve students free breakfast and lunch each day would be eligible to receive additional funding from the state.
The bill has been referred to the Committee on Education.
Earlier this year, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers included funding to provide all students in the state with free meals at school in his 2023-25 executive budget, however, the measure failed to be included in the final budget.
During the early days of the pandemic, every school in the state was able to provide free meals at school to all students via a series of child nutrition waivers administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, the waivers expired in June 2022.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has advocated for universal free meals and has also endorsed increasing the school meal reimbursement rate.
See which states currently offer universal free meals via the map below: