The House has approved a measure to eliminate the lunch co-pay for students, pre-kindergarten to third grades, who qualify for reduced price lunches. HB 2712, if funded by the legislature, would eliminate the lunch co-pay. That means if they don’t fund it, it won’t go away. The bill passed on a bi-partisan 59-39 vote so it may have a good chance in the Senate.
An additional aspect of the bill is an encouragement for more schools and school districts to implement a provision in the HHFKA (Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act) federal law. It’s known as the CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) which is another encouragement for schools to eliminate the lunch co-pays for all students, not just pre-k to third grade. 208 high poverty schools (more than 40% free and reduced) have implemented it already and this bill asks OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) to increase the participation in the program.