Senator Heather Gustafson’s Bill to Ensure Free Milk for Elementary Students Heard in Committee

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Finance Committee heard Senator Heather’ Gustafson’s (DFL – Vadnais Heights) bill to provide milk to elementary school children who bring a lunch from home.

“Our 2023 legislation to provide free breakfast and lunch to Minnesota students has led to over 1 million more meals served each month this school year.” Said Senator Heather Gustafson. “We know that feeding our kids is one of the best investments we can make in their success in school. I want to build the success of universal meals and this legislation to provide milk to students who bring a meal from home is a commonsense step to take to ensure all kids have access to a complete meal at school.”

Under the current universal meals law, students receive a carton of milk along with a complete meal, but if they bring a lunch from home they are charged for the milk. This bill provides for one free milk per day for elementary students who bring their own meals.

“Students should have equal access to milk during lunch time at school, regardless of whether they bring or buy a lunch. This legislation can help eliminate potential food waste and ensure a complete meal.” Said Senator Gustafson.

SF3912 was laid over in Senate Education Finance Committee for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Senator Heather Gustafson
Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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