More students eating for free as growing number of states offer universal school meals
Before the pandemic, the district of 7,700 on California’s Central Coast served breakfast and lunch to around a quarter of its students each day. But that percentage shot up during the pandemic, when schools nationwide could give free meals to all kids.
And it rose again last year, when California launched the nation’s first statewide free school meals program. Today, between 50% and 60% of students in the district eat free breakfast and lunch each day.
Read the full article: https://www.chalkbeat.org/2023/8/10/23827877/free-school-meals-lunch-breakfast-universal-programs-states-students
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