No student goes hungry: Governor unveils new proposal

Posted at 2:20 PM, Dec 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-28 14:22:11-05

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation to end lunch shaming in all schools and to make sure no student ever goes hungry.

The governor unveiled his 15th proposal for 2018's State of the State Thursday.

Governor Cuomo's office says the five-point plan will combat hunger for students in kindergarten through college and require schools to increase access to meals by offering breakfast after the bell.

According to the Governor's Office, 2.7 million New Yorkers do not have consistent access to the food they need to live an active, health life.

The proposed "No Student Goes Hungry Program" also includes investments to expand the Farm to School program and policy changes to ensure students receive access to farm-fresh foods in a quality learning environment.

"This program is essential to the success of future New York leaders and this administration remains committed to removing barriers to healthy food options, while providing a supportive, effective learning environment for students across this great state," Governor Cuomo said.

The Governor's five-point plan includes banning lunch shaming statewide, requiring breakfast after the bell, expanding the farm to school program, increasing the use of farm-fresh, locally grown foods at school and requiring food pantries on all SUNY and CUNY campuses.

New York would be the first state to require every public campus to have a food pantry.