School meals; availability at no cost to student. (HB1967)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School meals; availability at no cost to students. Provides that each school board shall require each public elementary and secondary school in the local school division to participate in the federal National School Lunch Program and the federal School Breakfast Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or in the Community Eligibility Provision as provided in relevant law, if applicable, and to make lunch and breakfast available to any student who requests such a meal at no cost to the student, unless the student's parent has provided written permission to the school board to withhold such a meal from the student. The bill also repeals provisions of law relating to the federal School Breakfast Program and to school meal debt that are rendered obsolete by the aforementioned provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102774D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/2023Assigned Education sub: K-12
01/24/2023Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
01/25/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1967)
02/07/2023Left in Education


BilltheThrill writes:

Nothing's free.
$271,000,000 to start.

Michael Albin writes:

Ah, finally, the Free Lunch!

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Just what Virginians need, another welfare program. "Free" isn't free'; money is simply taken from taxpayers and redirected to a favored constituency. Why doesn't Del. Mullin use this bill to set up a voluntary donation fund for all his big hearted constituents and other like minded people throughout Virginia? That way they could soothe their noble egos by donating THEIR money to this worthy cause. This won't happen because even Del. Mullin knows no one will voluntarily give their money away, even to so noble a program. Democrats love spending Other People's Money in a false attempt to seem altruistic. Use YOUR own money, and that of the people in YOUR District. Leave the rest of Virginians alone.

Pat writes:

I would much rather have my tax dollars pay for School Lunches than some of the other state contracts that get handed out for BS reasons. This is a GOOD idea that will help everyone that uses it. Try learning in school while being distracted by hunger pains.

Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

As said above "Free" isn't free, the rest of us one way or another get left holding the bag. Also, a lot of the population won't just give their money away if they don't have to and in a society and political where real charity based on need is confused with granting a de facto freebie to all--government only grows larger and those in the middle suffer the most with larger tax bills.

Dimirtus Demarcus Bartholomew James the Third Sr writes:

In my gracious opinion, I would acquire free food that I could consume without having to give away my glorious pounds this law should be passed quickly and hastily

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