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S. 1530: Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021

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Should the program be a pandemic-only measure, as it was originally intended?


For children living with food insecurity, school meals can be a lifeline.

With so many schools shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration’s Agriculture Department provided funding for “universal” free school meals through June 30, 2021, the end of the just-completed school year from additional funding provided by Congress. That provision applied to any student, regardless of income.

The Biden administration extended the “universal” free school meal program for another year, through June 30, 2022, the end of next school year, again after additional funding was appropriated by Congress.

Republicans say it’s time to return the program back to its status quo, as the pandemic-era conditions that necessitated its original expansion dissipate. But …

Sponsor and status

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Vermont. Independent.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2021
Length: 43 pages
May 10, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 10, 2021

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16 Cosponsors (16 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 10, 2021

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