Free School Lunches for K-12 Students Proposed in 2023 State Legislative Session
There are two bills currently in the 2023 state legislative session proposing to make school lunch free of charge for all K-12 students.
During the first two years of the pandemic, the federal government waived lunch fees due to school closures and COVID-19 lockdowns.
However, school lunch fees were reinstated during the 2022-23 school year.
Back in September, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said he would submit a proposal to the state legislature to bring back free lunches.
If the bills are passed, all students will be eligible for free meals at the start of the 2023-24 school year.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) would need to reimburse school districts for the lost revenue, and would also lead a work group that would identify potential financial impacts to education programs.