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Cassellius, however, urged schools to find a way to guarantee a hot lunch for any student who needs one, regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to pay.
“As you know, for too many of our children, school meals may be the only nutritious meals they receive,” she wrote. “We also know that children learn best when they have nutritious meals throughout their days.”
The state could expand the free lunch program to all students who now receive reduced-price lunch for an estimated $3.35 million. The Legislature debated such an expansion last session, but the proposal failed to make its way into the education budget bill. Rep. Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka, is preparing to push the bill again this year.
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