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SB 138 Passes Senate Ed with Unanimous Support!

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3.15.2017 SB 138 (McGuire) passed out of the Senate Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support this morning! SB 138 would more effectively identify low-income students and increase access to school meals by ensuring that the Department of Education and school districts identify students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with verified Medi-Cal income data and by calling for very high poverty schools to serve breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students.

A big thank you to Senator McGuire for being a great champion of this bill, to Jennifer Marrone of San Diego Unified for showing that these two strategies (Medicaid Direct Certification and Universal School Meals) can work, and to that the Senate Education Committee for recognizing SB 138’s ability to fight the devastating effects of child hunger.

SB 138 will need your continued support as it moves to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Stay tuned for next steps, but in the meantime send out a tweet to your networks.

Sample Tweets with infographic:
More than 1.7 million CA homes with kids struggle put food on the table. #SB138 can help! @CAFoodPolicy @ilike_mike @senricardolara

CA must reduce child hunger #SB138 gives schools viable solution 2 close achievement gap @CAFoodPolicy @ilike_mike @senricardolara

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Questions: Contact Elyse Homel Vitale at 510.433.1122 ext 206, or elyse@cfpa.net