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Senate approves 'Feed the Kids' bill which could add 16 North Coast schools

Senator Mike McGuire

NORTH COAST, Calif. - California has more children in poverty than any other state in the nation, according to North Coast Senator Mike McGuire. McGuire said nearly one in four children go hungry each day.

To help turn these statistics around, McGuire said the senate approved his bill with unanimous, bipartisan support to advance universal free school meals for California's hungriest kids.

According to McGuire, should the "Feed the Kids Act" be signed into law, 41 more schools on the North Coast would likely qualify for a 100 percent federal reimbursement for school meals for all of their students. These include nine schools in Humboldt County, two in Trinity County, one in Del Norte County, four in Mendocino County,13 in Sonoma County, four in Marin County and eight in Lake County.

"When a child goes to school hungry, their ability to learn, grow and thrive is compromised," McGuire said. "School meals are extremely effective at fighting the devastating effects of child hunger and improving outcomes in our public schools, yet so many kids who need to eat aren't being provided free school meals, and it's time that changes."

McGuire said SB 138, also known as the "Feed the Kids Act," was approved Thursday, June 1. It will address childhood hunger by serving all students in high-poverty schools for free, as well as removing the bureaucratic blocks that prevent millions of low-income children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals.

"California is the sixth-largest economy in the world and we produce more food than any other state in America. We have to step up and declare war on childhood poverty and ensure California's kids get the resources they need to thrive," McGuire said.

The North Coast senator said he is proud to be working with Senators Mitchell, Beall, Portantino and Hertzberg to get this important bill passed. The bill is now on it's way to the state assembly for approval.

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