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School Meals For All
Take Action: Extend School Meals for All
School meals are an essential resource in feeding 30 million children every day. Making school meals free for all students ensures that every kid is nourished and ready to learn, regardless of their family’s income.
FoodCorps and our coalition partners are advocating for the continuation of school meals for all, which has been in place over the past two years through federal pandemic waivers. In June, Congress passed the Keep Kids Fed Act, extending school meals for all through the summer. But lawmakers must do more to make school meals for all permanent and reduce uncertainty for millions of families across the country.
Learn more about school meals for all below and take action by urging your senators to prioritize children’s well-being, not red tape.
“Take away all that red tape so we can serve students. We shouldn’t have to worry about meal applications. We should just be feeding kids.”
—Arlethia Brown, School Nutrition Director, Camden City School District, NJ
Key resources and background information
3 Reasons We Need School Meals for All
Why is school meals for all a policy one of our key policy priorities? This blog goes in-depth on some of the key ways schools meals for all advances equity in school nutrition.
Why Should All Kids Have Free Meals at School?
This one-page fact sheet about the importance of school meals for all is a helpful resource to share with key decision makers and legislators in your community.
FoodCorps Applauds Congress for Passing Keep Kids Fed Act to Extend Critical School Meal Program, Urges Lawmakers to Come Together and Make Program Permanent
Read our press release applauding Congress for extending critical meal program waivers, including school meals for all, through the summer.
FoodCorps Applauds Introduction of School Meals for All Bill
Read our press release supporting the introduction of the “Support Kids Not Red Tape Act of 2022,” which would extend school meals for all waivers until September 30, 2023.
Support Kids Not Red Tape Act of 2022 (S.3979)
Read the full bill text of the “Support Kids Note Red Tape Act of 2022,” introduced by Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on March 31, 2022.
Keeping School Meals Flexible Act (H.R.6613)
Read the full bill text of the “Keeping School Meals Flexible Act,” introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) on February 4, 2022.
We don't expect children to pay for textbooks that they use in schools. We don't expect them to pay for the desks they sit at. A nutritious meal is just as essential as those things, maybe more, for students to be able to perform well in school.
—Mary Rochelle, Programs, Events & Grants Coordinator, Food Services Department (School Food Project), Boulder Valley School District, CO
Please keep free lunches no matter income — especially those of us who lost our homes in the Marshall fire. I can't imagine with three kids how much it would cost and we don't have the funds. We don't qualify for any financial assistance or free or reduced lunches. We've really depended on those lunches now and will for at least the next year or two.
—Parent, Boulder Valley School District, CO
In the News
Keep kids fed
Destiny Schlinker, FoodCorps Arkansas Program Associate Director, The Democrat-Gazette, April 8
To help Maine students, Collins’ leadership on child food insecurity must include Republican outreach
Ryan Parker, FoodCorps Maine Program Associate Director, Portland Press Herald, April 4
Senators revive school lunch debate with bill to extend universal free meals
Helena Bottemiller Evich and Jessica Calefati, Politico, March 31 – highlighting Umatilla School District, a FoodCorps service site in Oregon
Child hunger won’t end with COVID: Congress must extend nutrition waivers
Jamie Bussell and Luis Guardia, The Hill, March 31
Millions of children will miss healthy school meals when pandemic relief expires
Allison Aubrey, NPR, March 21 – highlighting Burke County Public Schools, a FoodCorps service site in Georgia
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