Oregon lawmakers want more school meal options, federal changes may limit them

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Oregon educators, advocates and lawmakers have been trying to make food more accessible in schools for years, from expanding the time of day students can be served breakfast to streamlining the process for parents to pay for reduced-priced meals so a student is never turned away.

For the 2019 legislative session, which starts Jan. 22, several Oregon legislators want to expand options further, with the ultimate goal of ensuring all students have free breakfast and lunch.

But the legislators’ task will become more difficult as federal rollbacks reduce nutritional standards and the cost of providing meals reaches into the millions.

Read more here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies from Willamette University.

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