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New bill would end “lunch shaming” in schools

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Each day there are students who don’t have a way to pay for their school lunches. In some cases, these students are singled out or denied a school meal entirely.

A new bill introduced in both houses of the New York State Legislature aims to end that, as right now there’s no statewide policy providing free or reduced price school meals. It’s left up to districts and their respective schools on how to handle a situation when a student can’t pay for a meal.

The bill would prevent schools from denying students a meal because they owe money. It would also require districts to work out debts with parents, not students. 

Under the new legislation, schools must work with parents to certify their families for free or reduced-price lunches through state and federal subsidies, which would in turn help reimburse schools that incur debt from unpaid meals.

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