GOP Sen. Steve Drazkowski said that “hunger is a relative term.” Meanwhile, more than 8% of the children in the county he represents live in poverty.
He voted against free school lunches in his state saying, “I have yet to meet a person in Minnesota that is hungry,” before voting against the legislation.
“Now, I should say that hunger is a relative term,” Drazkowski added. “I had a cereal bar for breakfast. I guess I’m hungry now.”
Not according to anti-hunger groups who supported the bill: approximately 1 in 6 children are ‘food insecure’ meaning they don’t know when or where their next meal be.
“Being hungry makes learning almost impossible,” state Sen. Heather Gustafson, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, said. “Let’s feed the kids.”
Despite Drazkowski’s opposition, the measure passed by a vote of 38-26 and is expected to be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. The State joins other states, including California and Colorado in giving free meals to kids.
Let’s feed the kids.