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Debbie Stabenow working to renew expiring school lunch program

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An expanded school lunch program that has fed an additional 10,000,000 children expires at the end of June.

The program was set to be renewed in a 1.5 trillion dollar Biden Administration spending bill, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked for — and was granted — its removal.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow chairs the committee that oversees the school lunch program. She says it's disappointing that Republican focus isn't on eliminating child hunger. "They're more than willing to do huge tax cuts for wealthy people or big oil companies or other corporations and it's just not a priority for them when it comes to so many things that average people need, or children," she says.

Going back to pre-COVID rules means parents will be required to apply for reduced or free lunch. Under the new system, schools would just ask to be reimbursed.

Stabenow says she is still working with her Senate colleagues to work out a solution to keep the program going, and hopes they can get something done before it expires.

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.