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DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill June 3 sponsored by state Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, to allow more children in state subsidized early childhood education programs to receive a free lunch at school.
Currently, children in kindergarten through second grade who qualify for a reduced-price lunch are eligible for the Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Program, which provides them with a free school lunch.
HB14-1156, which will take effect for this fall’s school year, expands the program to include students through fifth grade and is based on studies that have found children learn better on a full stomach.
“No child should spend a day at school hungry,” Rep. Moreno said. “This bill will help children from families that are struggling to put food on the table stay engaged throughout the school day.”
In other action last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed 53 other bills into law on Friday, June 6. He also allowed one bill — House Bill 14-1371 “Concerning Property Taxation of Oil and Gas Leaseholders and Lands …” — to become law without his signature.