Advocates ask lawmakers to extend free school breakfasts

School leaders asked for at least $16 million extra in the state budget.

Nicole Alarcon Soares

Mar 26, 2024, 8:55 PM

Updated 18 days ago

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Advocates were at the State Capitol on Tuesday to urge state lawmakers to extend free school breakfasts.
School leaders asked for at least $16 million extra in the state budget.
That would provide free breakfasts for all students and no-cost lunches for qualifying kids.
"I notice that some of the kids who don't get lunch are at breakfast the most. They get their breakfast, but then at lunch, I see them sitting sometimes with nothing to eat," said Ava Daponte, an 8th grader from Terryville.
During the pandemic, every school meal was free for all students.


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