The SC Legislature began the first year of a two-year session on January 10, 2023. Wholespire will work with legislators and partners over the next two years on healthy eating and active living policy changes that will positively impact all South Carolinians. You can partner with us by becoming a Wholespire advocate and taking action like contacting your legislators with our Action Alert emails and sharing our social media posts.
Our Legislative Priorities
S.148 Universal School Meals
Sponsors: Senator Katrina Shealy (R-District 23), Senator Stephen Goldfinch (R-District 34), Senator Mia McLeod (D-District 22), Senator Josh Kimbrell (R-District 11), Senator Thomas McEleveen (D-District 35), Senator Mike Fanning (D-District 17), Senator Ronnie Sabb (D-District 32), Senator Kevin Johnson (D-District 36), Senator Michael Johnson (R-District 16), Senator Brad Hutto (D-District 40) and Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D-District 45)
This bill seeks to ensure that all public school students receive two meals per day while at school. It provides guidelines for eligible schools to participate in the USDA Community Eligibility Program and establishes a state-level reimbursement program for ineligible schools. The bill also ensures all students have ample time to eat lunch by extending the lunch period to 30 minutes.
Inactive: Take action now to curb child hunger!
H.3731 Recess Extension
Sponsors: Representatives Haddon, Burns, Long and Vaughan
This bill seeks to ensure that all public school students have more time for recess. It states that mandatory, daily recess periods should total 45-60 minutes for kindergarten through 5th grade and 30-45 minutes for 6th grade through 8th grade. Recess should be unstructured, self-directed outdoor physical activity. The same requirements apply to indoor recess during times of inclement weather, however, the use of electronic devices is prohibited during indoor recess times.
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