COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today announced the introduction of legislation aimed at increasing access to meals for children during summer months when free and reduced price meals traditionally served in schools are not offered.

“We must do more to address the issue of limited access to food during the summer months for students who receive free and reduced meals throughout the school year," said Lehner. “By increasing access to healthy meals for children in the summer months we are not only reducing food insecurity, but better preparing children to return to school healthy and focused in the fall." 

In areas where at least one-half of the pupils are eligible for free lunches, the legislation would allow school districts to assign an alternative summer meal sponsor, such as a local community center, YMCA or Boys and Girls Club to use school facilities to provide summer meals if the district is unable to provide such services. 

In an effort to maintain quality and safety standards, the State Board of Education would be responsible for providing a list of approved alternative summer meal sponsors.

Senate Bill 247 seeks to eliminate the gaps in children's nutrition created by a lack healthy meals during summer break.

 
 
 
  
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