Bi-Partisan Bill on Paid Lunch Equity Introduced in Senate


Yesterday, the School Lunch Price Protection Act (S. 1805) was introduced in the U.S. Senate.  Co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Angus King (I-Maine), the bill would prevent School Food Authorities (SFAs) from being forced to raise lunch prices when a school's nutrition program is financially solvent.  The School Lunch Price Protection Act would make the Paid Lunch Equity mandate only applicable to SFAs that have a negative balance from the previous school year.

“The School Nutrition Association strongly supports the School Lunch Price Protection Act,” Patricia Montague, CAE, CEO of the School Nutrition Association, said. “Schools want more students to eat healthy school lunches, but Paid Lunch Equity prices some families out of the school lunch program at a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Declining lunch participation also reduces revenue for schools struggling to cover the higher cost of meeting new nutrition standards. School meal programs that are financially solvent should not be forced to raise school lunch prices.”

For more information S. 1805, please click here.  To read the Senate press release, including quotes from SNA Oklahoma members, please click here.


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