(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bipartisan bill to expand school meal programs. The state currently pays a 40-cent copay on reduced-price lunches for K-5 students through the School Lunch Protection Program.

SB18-013 will expand copay coverage through eighth grade. This bill will help remove the stigma and lunch shaming young students face at school when they are unable to afford meals.

“Kids who are able to eat healthy meals at school are better able to learn,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City.  “Many students in Colorado don’t know where their next meal will come from. I am hopeful that this bill will help our students overcome stigma and obstacles while creating pathways to success.”

When students skip meals it affects their academic performance. This bill will allow for 1.4 million meals to be served to hungry kids this coming school year.

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