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Gov. Newsom signs new bill to prevent lunch shaming in schools

Senate Bill 265 guarantees all kids at public schools a state-funded meal
Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 21, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill which ends shaming over school lunches.

Senate Bill 265 requires that all public school students have a "state reimbursable" meal provided by their school regardless of any unpaid meal fees.

Under the new law, a school can no longer deny or give a student a cheaper, alternative meal if their parents or legal guardian have unpaid lunch bills.

Kaci Bullis says that as a mom, she doesn't feel there is any reason why a kid should have to be subjected to lunch shaming.

“Kids have a hard enough time being bullied and picked on that why would we set them up for failure in that way?" Bullis said.

The bill amends the Child Hunger and Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017 which states that students with lunch debt should be offered "alternative meals."

Melissa Natanson, a Pismo Beach resident, says that regardless of where you stand on the issue, the kids shouldn't be on the receiving end.

“We got to figure out, the adults have got to figure out how to solve the problems so that the kids aren’t exposed to any of that," Natanson said.