California and Maine Become First States to Officially Provide Universal School Meals at No Charge


Last week, California officially became the first state to permanently adopt free school meals for all K–12 students after Governor Newsom signed  SB 129 into law, a 2021–22 operating budget that fully funds school meals for all students at no cost. The Universal School Meals Program includes an increase in the state's meal reimbursements by $54 million in the 2021–22 fiscal year and an additional $650 million in funding beginning in 2022–23 to cover the costs of offering breakfast and lunch to all students.

The state of Maine closely followed as Governor Janet Mills signed a new two-year state budget into law, ensuring Maine students will have equal access to free, healthy school meals! SNA applauds both state's incredible efforts to ensure all students can receive a nutritious meal regardless of ability to pay.

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