The campaign urges a YES vote for healthy school meals for all

The campaign urges a YES vote for healthy school meals for all

Colorado Springs – A campaign to pass the Healthy School Meals for All ballot has kicked off with a coalition of anti-hunger groups, parents, students and teachers.

“Children need food to learn, and no child should go hungry because they cannot afford a nutritious meal,” the campaign stated aloud.

Next November, Colorado voters will have the option to support healthy school meals for all children in public schools. Voters can guarantee free, fresh and prepared meals with high quality ingredients to all students; Provide funding for schools to use healthy and nutritious ingredients instead of processed foods; Granting schools funding to purchase equipment, incentives to purchase locally produced ingredients from Colorado farmers and ranchers for use in school meals, and even support for school cafeteria workers. The campaign hopes that voters will vote yes for the children.

“Our alliance is very excited to start our campaign in southern Colorado as another school year begins; it’s an important day for Colorado families,” said Ashley Welland, policy director for Hunger Free Colorado. “We know we’re going to win because voters agree on these simple truths: First—children need food to learn. The second – no child should go hungry because he cannot afford a nutritious meal.

According to Wheeland, more than 60,000 kids in Colorado can’t afford school meals but are not eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Weiland reported that two out of five families in Colorado struggle to put food on the table for their children. She also cited studies showing how academic performance and long-term development are affected when children are hungry. The Healthy School Meals for All initiative aims to give Colorado children a better chance of success.

“Hunger is an obstacle to knowing that it should not be accepted by any society alone,” said Patience Kapuasa.From food to power” Executive Director.

Colorado counties alone saw a 20 to 40 percent increase in children using school meals when the state had federal funding to provide school meals for everyone, according to Kapuasa. She also added that more than 40 percent of Colorado families struggle to provide healthy food for their children even though they often work two or three jobs.

“Through healthy school meals for all, we can break the stigma of the lunch line for children of low socioeconomic status,” said Chauncey Johnson, an anti-hunger community leader and former participant in the School Meals Program. “This initiative will also ensure that school cafeteria workers receive fair salaries.”

Policy details: What can healthy school meals do for everyone?

  • Provide access to free, nutritious school meals for all Students in Colorado Public Schools by creating a statewide mandate Healthy school meals for everyone a program. Any public school participating in the program will be fully reimbursed for providing free breakfast and lunch to all students who need it.
  • Supporting farmers and ranchers in Colorado By compensating school districts for buying locally sourced food. School districts will be able to participate in the Local Purchase Grant Program to purchase food from farmers and ranchers to prepare healthy school meals. This will boost Colorado’s food systems, economy, and student health, according to a press release.
  • Equipping schools to prepare and serve healthy school meals. School districts will be able to receive grants to upgrade equipment and train staff to prepare healthy meals from scratch, and provide wage increases for frontline workers who prepare and serve meals to students. This will help schools struggling with staff shortages and provide more support for frontline workers and their families.
  • Get rid of arbitrary restrictions that prevent meals for hungry children. More than 60,000 Colorado children cannot afford school meals but are not eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. For example, current laws consider a family of three that earns more than $29,939 annually to be “too rich” to qualify for free school meals.
  • Create a sustainable, long-term source of financing to provide free school meals to all. The measure is funded by limiting state income tax deductions to the top three percent of Colorado income earners — people who earn more than $300,000 a year. If you don’t win $300,000, your taxes won’t be affected by this polling metric, according to the campaign. This polling measure affects state income taxes only for the top three percent of earners. It does not affect federal taxes of any kind for any Colorado household, regardless of income.

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