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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California’s Universal Meals Program

Schools are now starting to open back up for the 2022-2023 school year. With the sudden rise in food prices, inflation, and food insecurity following the pandemic, many families continue to face many hardships. In an attempt to resolve the issue, policymakers in California came up with the Universal Meals Program.

What is the Universal Meals Program? The Universal Meals Program was designed to provide free meals to students attending schools. Children are able to receive free meals every day they are in school. The meals provided are for breakfast and lunch, hosted at the school’s cafeteria. This program benefits both educational districts and families impacted by the current food insecurity situation.

California’s Universal Meals Program is part of the Assembly Bill 130, which was signed into law by the state governor, Gavin Newsom. All of the students are eligible to receive these meals regardless of status and household income. California is the first state to implement such a program. The state of Maine has also opted in and have implemented the Universal Meals Program as well.

Thanks to this program, many of us won’t have to worry about our kids going hungry while they’re at school. Hopefully, other states will do the same for their students as well. It would make a huge difference in many people’s lives, especially our kids’.

The Aloha Koa

Just last June, our family spent a week in in the beautiful paradise called Hawaii. It’s by far the most beautiful place I have ever been to. The environment. The culture. The people. The food. Incomparable is an understatement.

A believer in love and family, I have never given up hope of a better tomorrow with what and who matters most. A warrior on shall say. Hence the name of my blog. As many know, “aloha” means hi and bye. What some may not know is that the word also means love. The Hawaiian word for warrior is “koa.” None of us should ever give up hope on love, family, and we must greet each tomorrow with a beautiful hello.

Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind. My daughter and I can honestly say that we both left our hearts in Hawaii. Though she’s unsure whether she would want to move there or just keep coming back for vacations, I don’t mind living there at all. I really don’t.