"This legislation would have an initial price tag of $2.5 million in year one," said D.C. Council's Committee of Education Chairman David Grosso. "Then, of course, it increases throughout the years."
WASHINGTON — A bill that would provide free lunch for all students in D.C. public schools would carry a steep cost for taxpayers, council members revealed Thursday during a hearing in front of the D.C. Council’s Committee on Education.
“This legislation would have an initial price tag of $2.5 million in year one,” said Committee Chairman David Grosso. “Then, of course, it increases throughout the years.”
Under the bill, students would receive free lunch in public schools, public charter schools and some private schools that choose to participate.
Students already receive free breakfast in District schools.
“No child should go hungry in school,” said Council member Brandon Todd, the bill’s sponsor. “Students cannot learn or thrive in school if they are hungry.”