Congresswoman Omar, Senator Sanders Introduce Free School Lunch Program
James Allen | Oct 16, 2019 AT 5:42 am
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Senator Bernie Sanders are co-sponsoring a bill that would help provide free meals to every student in America.
The Universal School Meals Program Act prohibits schools that participate in a federal school lunch program from denying meals to students and reimburses districts for any meal debt owed by families. Representative Omar said, "when our children have empty stomachs, they cannot learn."
Sanders says this program will eliminate the stigma surrounding children who receive free or reduced lunch. Nearly one-in-ten households in Minnesota struggles with food insecurity.