HB19-1171 (Michaelson Jenet) Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act
For students in high school, this bill would eliminate the reduced-price lunch copay and expand access to school lunches at no charge for students who would otherwise be eligible for reduced-price lunch. Colorado has already eliminated this copay for students in preschool through eighth grade.
The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. Students who eat healthy meals at school are better able to learn, and improving access to school meals improves academic performance and student behavior. Adolescence is a period of nutritional vulnerability, and children in high school require sufficient calories and a well-balanced diet for developmental growth. This policy would expand access to nutritious school lunches for thousands of high school students in Colorado.
Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thurs., Feb. 21 at 1:30pm in HCR 0107.