Lunch Shaming Bill Approved
OREGON HOUSE BILL 3454 PROHIBITING SCHOOL 'LUNCH SHAMING' GETS SENATE APPROVAL, HEADS TO GOVERNOR
(CNN) – Oregon is taking steps to end school “lunch shaming.”
The State Senate unanimously approved House bill 3454 on Monday.
It is now headed to the governor for approval.
The measure requires Oregon schools to provide lunch to all students, regardless of their ability to pay.
It also aims to stop schools from giving students alternative meals that are typically less nutritious or singling them out for having unpaid lunch debt.
Some schools force students to wear identifiable wristbands or stickers because they can’t afford lunch.
76% of U.S. school districts have students with unpaid lunch debt.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced the anti-lunch shaming act of 2017 earlier this year to curb the practice nationwide.