(May 8) – The House gave its approval today to a bipartisan bill led by
Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet to expand school meal programs. Colorado
currently pays a forty-cent copay on reduced price lunches for K-5 students
through the School Lunch Protection Program. The bill would expand copay
coverage through eighth grade.

“Teens who eat healthy meals at school are better able to learn,” said Rep.
Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City.  “But too many students in in our state
often face food insecurities. This bill will break down barriers, end
stigma and put our students on paths to success. I will continue working to
ensure our teens and students are provided every opportunity to learn and
grow.”

This legislation will help remove the stigma and lunch shaming young
students face at school when they are unable to afford meals. When students
skip meals it affects their academic performance.

The bill has the support of a broad range of stakeholders including public
health, education and advocacy organizations.

SB18-013, the Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act, passed on
a vote of 36-29.

The bill now goes to the governor.

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