State of Minnesota Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing

Congress last month passed a bill that cuts food assistance funding--but Sen. Al Franken is nevertheless trying to extend federal funding for students to receive hot school lunches.

Franken on Monday ate lunch with the kindergartners at Meadow Lake Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, to bring attention to the significance of subsidized lunches. Nearly 8 in 10 students at Meadow Lake come from lower-income families who qualify for free or reduced lunches. "Kids who haven't eaten at lunch don't do as well in school. This is wrong," Franken said.

Under the current rules, children from families with incomes below $30,615 for a family of 4 are eligible for free meals; those with incomes below $43,568 for a family of 4 are eligible for reduced-price meals.

Franken is re-introducing legislation, the Expand School Meals Act, to pay the rest of the cost for those students who only qualify for the reduced-price meals. The senator introduced the legislation in 2009 and 2010, but it went nowhere.

Source: CBS News on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds

Congress last month passed a bill that cuts food assistance funding--but Sen. Al Franken is nevertheless trying to extend federal funding for students to receive hot school lunches. "Kids who haven't eaten at lunch don't do as well in school. This is wrong," Franken said.

Under the current rules, children from families with incomes below $30,615 for a family of 4 are eligible for free meals; those with incomes below $43,568 for a family of 4 are eligible for reduced-price meals. Franken is re-introducing legislation, the Expand School Meals Act, to pay the rest of the cost for those students who only qualify for the reduced-price meals.

Businessman Mike McFadden said the matter of paying for school lunches should be left to the states to handle. The Minnesota House did, in fact, vote last week to set aside $3.5 million a year to cover the cost of reduced-price lunches.

Source: CBS News on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Mark Dayton: No 5-year limit on cash benefits

I do not support the current five-year lifetime limit on receipt of cash welfare benefits for low-income families with dependent children.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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