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California Plans to End 'Lunch Shaming' That Guarantees Meals for All Students []


By Joshua Bote, USA Today, October 14, 2019

A bill signed Saturday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to cut the recent trend in schools of "lunch shaming."

SB 265, which was originally introduced by California state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, will require that all public school students have a "state reimbursable" meal provided by the school "even if their parent or guardian has unpaid meal fees."

It amends the Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017, which previously stated that students with lunch debts be offered "alternative" meals by school districts, charter schools and boards of education.

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