POSTPONED: Dodge to lead news conference on food shaming in schools

Feb 11, 2019

Augusta — BECAUSE OF EXPECTED SNOW FEB. 13, ALL LEGISLATIVE OFFICES ARE CLOSED AND HEARINGS POSTPONED. NO NEW DATE HAS BEEN SET.

Rep. Jan Dodge, D-Belfast, will lead a press conference at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, to present LD 167, “An Act to Prevent Food Shaming in Maine's Public Schools.”

The bill requires that eligible students be fed a meal regardless of ability to pay or past failure to pay. It prohibits punishing, openly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay or who has payments due. The bill also mandates communication around these issues must be with the parent or guardian, not the student.

“Nothing should stand in the way of a student being provided a nutritious meal,” Dodge said. “And no student should be made to feel less-than because of the plate food is served on, the line they stand in or the ability or timeliness of their guardians to make payment.”

A public hearing for LD 167 before the Education & Cultural Affairs Committee will follow the press conference.

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: MARY JEAN CROWE | Feb 20, 2019 13:32

Jan Dodge - integrity, intelligence, compassion and commitment.  You go girl!  Proud of you!



Posted by: Allison C Morrill | Feb 12, 2019 08:52

Right on, Jan Dodge!



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