COLONIE (WRGB) — On Monday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will stand in front of Saddlewood Elementary School of the South Colonie Central School District with Congressman Tonko to discuss her recently-introduced bicameral legislation, the Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021.
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The bicameral legislation would permanently implement a Universal School Meals program to provide free school meals for all students.
While the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently provides free school meals through COVID-19 waivers through the 2021-2022 school year, the Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 would deliver permanent relief to millions of food-insecure families by eliminating school meal debt, encouraging the use of local foods in school meal programs, and providing free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack to all school children regardless of their socioeconomic background.