California bill would extend free meal program to charter students

At the Blue Oak School in Chico, where 60 percent of the charter school’s student body comes from low-income households, it’s a source of school pride that the soft tacos and chicken pot pies served at lunch are made from organic and locally sourced ingredients, California Watch reports. The meals are delivered every day, ready to eat, in reusable bento boxes that generate minimal trash. Depending on the child’s family income, the lunches cost anywhere from nothing to $3.

“The kids are getting the nutrition they need, they like the food, and it has made the school a better place,” said Marc Kessler, Charter Council chairman of the nonprofit elementary and junior high school.

But not all California charter school students are on the receiving end of a warm meal at lunchtime…

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