Governor Signs Landmark Healthy School Meals for All Legislation

As you may remember, back in 2021, Governor Newsom made history by establishing School Meals for All as part of the state budget. This funding, supported by the American Heart Association, provides two free school meals, both breakfast and lunch for every student in the state of California.

hero_image_alt_text===Kids in cafeteria eating healthy lunch
thumbnail_alt_text===Kids in cafeteria eating healthy lunch

Building off that this year, SB 348, co-sponsored by the American Heart Association, made California the first state in the nation to ensure school meals are healthy by limiting added salt and sugar, consistent with national and pediatrician recommended guidelines. Putting these guidelines into state law means students across the state will have access to healthier school meal options each and every day.

The bill garnered unanimous support in both the Senate and Assembly and it will also explore best practices for making sure students have adequate time to eat their lunches.

“California was the first state to provide two free meals a day to all public school students, so it’s fitting that California is now the first state to ensure that school meals are healthy and don’t contribute to lifelong health problems,” said Sen. Skinner, D-Berkeley.

“Building a healthy future for California’s children starts with ensuring they have access to healthy meals at school every day,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., President, Western States Board of Directors, American Heart Association. “Governor Newsom’s signature on SB 348 means California will provide students with better brain fuel through school meals that contain less sugar and sodium. Thanks to Senator Skinner’s leadership, access to healthy school meals that protect young people from diet-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity will be the standard in California for generations to come.”

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