In November of this year, Colorado voters will determine whether or not the state should pay for the expense of school meals for all pupils.
Because of federal exemptions connected to the epidemic that is slated to expire this summer, lunch has been provided free of charge to each and every student in the state of Colorado for the past two years.
During this period, several school districts claimed that more children were eating lunch, with some districts reporting as much as a 40 per cent increase in the number of pupils who ate lunch before the epidemic.
By putting restrictions on the tax deductions available to people with high incomes, as proposed by the legislators, voters would be asked to approve an increase in annual revenue of $101 million.
These newly allocated state money would serve as a supplement to the increased federal monies that schools are eligible to receive if they take part in the community eligibility programme.
Instead of relying on families to fill out applications for subsidised lunches, school districts could use eligibility for programmes such as Medicaid and food stamps to count children in poverty and cover more meals.
This would eliminate the need for families to fill out applications for subsidised lunches.
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Participating school districts have the opportunity to receive funding that, in addition to paying the expenses of school meals, might be used to purchase healthy local foods, improve salaries for food service workers, repair equipment, and educate staff to make nutritious meals.
Under the terms of the plan, the Healthy School Meals for All programme would be established. Although many Republicans voted against it, House Bill 1414 was approved by both houses with backing from both parties.
The backers of the bill save both time and money by convincing lawmakers to put it on the ballot rather than gathering signatures themselves.