COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Board of Education has announced a resolution recommending the use of ARPA funds for free student meals. The Hunger Free Schools Coalition commended the Ohio State Board of Education for passing the resolution. In the 2021-2022 school year, a reported 90,443,684 breakfasts were served to free-of-charge children in Ohio. The number of free meals was higher than before COVID. The previous benefit for students ended in June.

The states of California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Vermont have passed legislation to provide free meals to all students.

“Providing free, healthy school meals to every student in Ohio, regardless of income, is a critical investment in improving the health and well-being of Ohio’s students,” said Kathryn Ungar, senior staff officer for the Ohio Children’s Fund.

Precious Grundy has been a reporter for The Lima News since June 2022. She previously worked as a social worker, but quickly discovered a passion for writing. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She covers the government for the newspaper. Reach it in [email protected] or 567-242-0351.