Yesterday, at the Governor’s recommendation, the Connecticut Legislature voted to provide students with universal no-cost meals for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. This is a tremendous victory and will ensure that no child goes hungry during the school day. This win is a result of the advocacy and outreach of so many of our United Way friends and supporters. Without your calls and emails, we would not be celebrating this critically important step for our youth and families.
While this ensures that students receive no-cost meals for the remainder of the school year, it does not carry that funding forward into the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. There are currently multiple bills in front of the CT House and Senate to provide sustained funding for no-cost meals. As those bills move through committee, come up for public hearing, and eventually get voted on, we will keep you posted on what you can do to support the process. You can find information on this initiative and other key policy priorities at www.uwwesternct.org/advocate.
Again, thank you for your support. You made a difference and for that we’re grateful.