Feb 12, 2014 at 9:36 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn.. (KNSI) Governor Dayton says he'll include three-and-a-half million dollars in his supplemental state budget proposal to make sure no Minnesota student is denied a hot lunch at school.
Dayton's pledge is prompted by a new report showing many schools refuse hot lunches to students who can't pay, giving them an alternate lunch instead which is often cold or less nutritious.
St. Cloud School District Superintendent Willie Jett says they never deny students a meal, but says they won't be given a hot lunch if their balance falls below negative five dollars. The alternative meal consists of a sandwich, milk, cheese and fruit.
Jett says," these are trying times, with financial situations all across America being difficult these days." He says for some students, the meal they get at school might be the only time they eat all day. He says it's about being , "humane, and looking out for the best interests of all young people, and aiding in their success."
Minneapolis Senator Jeff Hayden sponsored a bill to eliminate that situation, which moved partway through the legislature last session. Hayden says he hopes to pass his bill the first week after lawmakers return to Saint Paul at the end of this month.
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