As we expand into the lane of policy and advocacy work, we are always tuned in to what other states are doing legislatively to help increase access to healthy food for kids. FRAC has recently put together some informative charts comparing each State's progress (or lack of) for both in-school and out-of-school meal programs. At TOP, we are having internal and external discussions with various groups on how to strengthen our legislation in Louisiana and advocate for the health of kids.
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State Legislation to Expand and Strengthen School Meals
States have passed a variety of legislation to increase school breakfast participation. Top performing states in School Breakfast:
Require all or some schools to offer free breakfast after the bell;
Eliminate the reduced-price copay, allowing students in that category to eat for free without any payment from their families; and
Provide additional funding from the state to support the program.
FRAC’s School Meals State Legislation Chart captures all state legislation passed to date that seeks to improve or expand the school nutrition programs.
State Legislation to Expand and Strengthen Out-of-School Time Meals
States have also passed legislation to increase participation in the After School and Summer Nutrition Programs. Some states have chosen to:
Mandate some or all schools to participate in the programs;
Provide additional funding for the programs; or
Require state agencies to create and implement plans to increase participation in the programs.
FRAC’s Afterschool and Summer Nutrition State Legislation Chart tracks all of the state legislation passed to date that seeks to improve or expand the After School and Summer Nutrition Programs.
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