A bill that aims to end "lunch shaming" is introduced in Springfield.
Lunch shaming is when schools require students to wear a wristband or a stamp when they can't afford to buy a school lunch, according to Sen. Steve Stadelman (D) Rockford, who introduced the bill. It would require Illinois schools to provide a meal to any student that requests one. It would also mean the state can't withhold tax refunds to parents who owe more than $500 and are making a "reasonable effort" to pay their child's lunch debt.
The measure passed in the Senate Education Committee. It now moves to the full house.