Thanks to the federal National School Lunch Program during the 2020 school year schools were able to provide school meals to all students. This helped so many of our students whose families are struggling and at risk of falling through the cracks.
With that funding ending, our state has a decision to make. Do we go back to how things were or keep providing all students meals? When students are hungry, they aren’t ready to learn. School Meals for All is a permanent solution, so students have a nutritious meal and the food they need to learn.
Food insecurity is at an all-time high. We know that proper nutrition is critical to children’s short- and long-term health outcomes. Students who participate in school meals, particularly those who are experiencing food insecurity, have better health outcomes, have improved test scores, and are better able to concentrate in school. School Meals for All will benefit hundreds of thousands of kids each day and be a major step forward to eliminating health inequities. Let’s pay for good nutrition now instead of poor outcomes later.
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