On February 22, 2023, Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 559 – Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Annual Appropriation.
The House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill’s cross-file, HB 514, on February 28.
From the MACo Testimony:
Research is clear: access to healthy, quality in-school meals improves students’ educational experiences and learning performance. Furthermore, need and eligibility for free and reduced meals is growing statewide − as evidenced by the recently uncovered additional 111,000 students who should receive free and reduced school meals. Counties are proud to partner with the state and federal government to help provide Maryland students in need with quality, in-class breakfast. Hundreds of Maryland schools across 23 counties currently participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program (Baltimore City already has a universal breakfast program).
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