SB18-013 (Fields & Gardner/Michaelson Jenet) Improving Access to Affordable School Lunch

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: January 19, 2018


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, to include students in sixth through eighth grade. Colorado has already eliminated this copay for students in preschool through fifth 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. Pre-adolescence is a period of nutritional vulnerability; children in middle school require sufficient calories and a well-balanced diet for developmental growth. This policy would improve access to nutritious school lunches for thousands of students in Colorado.

Current Status

The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 5-2 and heads to the Appropriations Committee. Erin Miller, Vice President of Health Initiatives, testified in support.

Previous Status

January 19, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee, where it will be heard on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 352