Starting in the Fall, California School Lunches will be Free

Written by on July 21, 2021

In the fall, California schools will be offering free lunches to all students, a move many advocates see as a big step in ending food insecurity.

California will be the first state to permanently make school lunches free.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted last week:

“No questions. No stigma. ALL California kids now have access to free meals at schools.”

CNN gave more background and reported:

“Almost 60% of California’s 6.2 million students qualified for free or reduced-price meals in the 2019-2020 school year, according to School Meals for All, a coalition made up of more than 200 organizations that has pushed for funding in the state budget to gain momentum.”

Further, by permanently making lunches free, California is eliminating the stigma associated with qualifying for free meals, while also making sure everyone is fed.


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