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Minnesota Senate passes bill for universal school breakfast and lunch


March 15, 2023

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

Fifth graders ate school lunch at Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy in Champlin in February.

Minnesota schools are poised to offer free lunches and breakfasts to all students under a bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.

The Senate approved the free school meals bill on a bipartisan 38-26 vote. It now heads back to the House, where the bill already has passed but must be taken up again because its language was amended.

"We shouldn't make children pay the price or go hungry in school for problems that are out of their control," said state Sen. Heather Gustafson, DFL-Vadnais Heights, the bill's sponsor. "Look at it like a lunchbox tax cut. It gives money back to families."


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