AUGUSTA – A bill geared towards making school lunches more affordable for kids from low-income families still needs funds approved.
The bill would reduce the out of pocket cost for meals through the reduced-price school lunch program.
The price would be cut in half, costing 20 cents instead of the current 40 cents. Schools would then be reimbursed for the difference from the state general fund.
Senator Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, said “So more kids of low income will have better nutrition and every study in the world shows that better nutrition leads to better academic performance.”
Funding for the bill will be considered by lawmakers during ongoing budget negotiations.