California should ensure that all students have enough time to eat lunch at school. The legislature should amend the existing State Meal Mandate to ensure that students are given adequate time to eat their lunch after being served.
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School lunch is a critical resource that helps students learn, grow and achieve. California's implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act has improved foods served in schools, and districts are working hard to make school lunches more healthful and appealing to students. However, students across the state miss out on the benefits of school lunch every day because they don't have enough time to eat. While state labor law ensures workers an adequate meal break during the workday, students have no similar protection. Schools have a responsibility to meet students'basic needs during the school day. California has the opportunity to more effectively spend critical state and federal resources that support school lunches by ensuring students have adequate time to eat.
8.15.2014 AB 2449 (Bocanegra) Adequate Time to Eat: Lunchtime Supports Learning was held in the Senate Appropriations suspense file. While the bill will not make further progress this year, Read more here…
8.7.2014 On Monday, August 4, AB 2449 (Bocanegra) Adequate Time to Eat was placed in the Senate Appropriations suspense Read more here…
6.26.2014 AB 2449 (Bocanegra), Adequate Time to Eat, moved out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, June 25 with a vote of 4-2! Thanks to Assembly Member Bocanegra and Read more here…
6.2.2014 AB 2449 (Bocanegra), Adequate Time to Eat: Lunchtime Supports Learning, passed the Assembly on Wednesday, May 28 with a bipartisan vote of 51-21!
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Fact Sheet, prepared by CFPA. PDF
Backgrounder, prepared by CFPA. PDF
Summary of research and policies, prepared by CFPA. PDF
6.26.14 Lawmakers: Students need 20 minutes to eat. Cabinet Report PDF
5.10.14 Students need time to eat. Sacramento Bee PDF
12.4.13 These days, school lunch hours are more like 15 minutes. NPR PDF
8.28.13 Schoolkids starved for time to eat their lunches. Center for Investigative Reporting PDF
1.23.13 Azusa elementary school found lunch after recess improves diet and concentration. KPCC PDF
CDE Guidelines, January 2013: Providing Students with Adequate Time to Eat. link
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