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In 2022, a number of states introduced or enacted legislation related to school meals. Take a look at key school nutrition state legislation that changed status between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

  • Two new bills were introduced.
  • 17 of the bills have been signed into law.
  • Three states now permanently offer school meals at no cost to students:
  • Three states have expended access to school meals at no cost to students for SY2022-23:
  • Eight state legislatures have legislation pending that would create free school meal programs: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee, Missouri and South Carolina). Please note that the recent midterm elections might have an impact on legislative activity.

For a full picture of all 2022 state legislation changes, see the new SNA report, “2022 State Legislative Summary: Year-End Review.

SNA state advocacy resources are a collaborative effort intended to support grassroots efforts at the local level. Share your updates with SNA by emailing 

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