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Free school meals would be standard in Minnesota under proposed legislation

If it passes, Minnesota would be the third state - behind California and Maine - to provide free meals to all students

Amber Lightfeather makes just enough money that her four children don't qualify for free lunch at school. But the $231 the Duluth mom estimates she pays out-of-pocket for those meals every month still makes a noticeable impact on the family finances.

"It makes it really tough to budget," Lightfeather told the House Education Policy Committee on Wednesday.

Such families - those who don't qualify for free or reduced-price meals but still face staggering grocery bills relative to their take-home pay - are who Rep. Sydney Jordan, DFL-Minneapolis, had in mind when she drafted House File 5.


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