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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR King
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/27/08
HJM 26
SHORT TITLE Declaring February 1, 2008 As "School Nutrition Day" SB
ANALYST Shaya
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY08
FY09
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Joint Memorial 26 declares Friday, February 1, 2008, "School Nutrition Day" in the New
Mexico Legislature.
The Memorial provides the following statements about the national school lunch program and
the national school breakfast programs:
School nutrition programs provided through the national school lunch program and the
national school breakfast program have provided millions of healthy and nutritious meals
to children across New Mexico for more than sixty years; and
School nutrition programs play an important role in helping to ensure that every student
in New Mexico starts school ready to learn because a hungry or undernourished child is
less likely to be an eager and attentive student; and
School nutrition programs have demonstrated a commitment in New Mexico to promote
children's health, well-being and educational excellence, a primary goal of student
success; and
In New Mexico, two hundred three public, private and bureau of Indian affairs schools
serve more than one hundred ninety-seven thousand lunches and one hundred two
thousand breakfast meals each school day; and
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New Mexico is ranked number one in students participating in school breakfast programs
in the United States;
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
No fiscal impact.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Many children do not eat a nutritious breakfast every morning. Often families are living on very
tight budgets and can't afford to provide good breakfasts at home every day nor the money to buy
them at school. Regardless of income, families today live busy lives that often make it difficult to
sit down long enough in the morning to eat a nutritious breakfast. Sometimes children are not
physically capable of eating breakfast at home when they first wake up. Other children may have
long commutes to school or long periods between breakfast at home and school lunch, making
breakfast at school an important option. The National School Lunch Program provides school
children with one-third or more of their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for key
nutrients. These lunches are required to provide no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and
less than 10 percent from saturated fat. USDA research indicates that children who participate in
School Lunch have superior nutritional intakes compared to those who do not participate.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Friday, February 1, 2008, will not be set aside in the he New Mexico Legislature, "School
Nutrition Day".
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