The cost of producing meals exceeds the average federal per-meal reimbursement for a free lunch. For K-12 schools, California helps pick up the difference, but doesn’t extend the same support to those caring for our youngest students. The funding was eliminated in 2012 and both children and child care providers were harmed. California can help bring 70 million meals to low-income children while supporting the viability of the child care workforce by reinstating the reimbursement for preschool and child care meals.
Eight years ago, preschool and child care providers lost access to the funding necessary to put food on the table for our youngest students.
Throughout 2019, the Trump Administration has endeavored to undermine the health and well being of low-income Californians. From the repeated attacks and harmful proposals targeting immigrants to the just-announced final rule to remove 700,000 people from SNAP, the hits keep coming.