Through the 2021-22 state budget, California made the bold commitment of offering every student free breakfast and free lunch beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Nourish California was proud to support that historic initiative.
The investments made by the California Legislature and Governor in 2021 set us on an incredibly promising path toward nourishing every kid, every day. Work remains to translate the transformative policy vision of free meals for all into a sustainable, on-the-ground reality.
Our state leaders must ensure that effective policies are implemented and adequate funding is allocated to reach all students with free school meals in 2022-23 and beyond.
Materials & Updates
Earlier this week, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 (Education Finance) held a hearing on school nutrition, including state investments to implement universal school meals. Read our comment to the subcommittee, highlighting the need for guaranteed levels of funding. “Structuring the state, per-meal reimbursement as an entitlement rather than a capped appropriation will help provide the stability needed to reach more students and sustain school [...]