California’s Universal Meals Program

By now, schools have already opened back up for the new school year. With a sudden rise in food prices and food insecurity following the pandemic, families everywhere continue to face economic hardships. In an attempt to fix this growing issue, the policymakers in California came up with a plan – the Universal Meals Program.

With this program, students are provided with free breakfast and lunch meals every day at school. The Universal Meals Program is designed to benefit educational districts and families, whom are all equally impacted by the current economic and food insecurity problems. California’s Universal Meals Program is part of the Assembly Bill 130 and was signed into law by Governor of California, Gavin Newsom in July 2022. Thanks to this program, we won’t have to worry as much about our children being hungry while they are in school. All students are able to benefit from this program regardless of status and household income. California is the very first state to implement such a program. The state of Maine ultimately adopted the program as well. Hopefully, every other state will do the same.


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