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.

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