Chico Unified Students Receive $5500 for Lunch

The North Valley Community Foundation has donated more than $5,000 to clear any lunch debt for students at Chico Unified School District.

The $5,573 donation has helped 1,224 students start 2018 debt free.

Under SB 250, signed last year, school officials are prohibited from denying students lunch regardless of any unpaid school meal fees.

While the legislation is a great effort in ending lunch shaming, it fails to address what happens with all that debt, if any.

Part of the bill calls for reimbursing families who paid or accrued unpaid debts for school meals when a pupil would have been determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. But for other students, that debt remains.

Chico Unified recognized the problem and asked for donations on Facebook. The president of The North Valley Community Foundation saw the post and called the school district to see how they could help.

Read more at Chico Enterprise-Record.