WHY SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALL?

During the pandemic, childhood food insecurity has increased dramatically, prompting the USDA to temporarily fund school meals for all children, free of charge. We should never go back to expecting some students to pay for school meals, and here’s why.

Studies show that school meals:

It’s about Equity

  • Before Covid, the existing policy for school meals where some children are expected to pay while others receive their meals for free, creates stigma and shame for those students that rely on school meals for their basic needs, and a barrier for those students who are not eligible but are still experiencing food insecurity
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity
  • Students aren’t expected to pay for books, desks, or bus fare, why should school breakfast and lunch be any different?

School Meals for All would streamline and strengthen school nutrition programs:



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