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Invest in School Meals and the People Who Prepare Them

Expand school meals programs and support for school food service professionals as part of child nutrition reauthorization.
Kids at lunch Associated Press

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Expand access to school meals and support for school food service professionals as part of child nutrition reauthorization.

Millions of families struggle with reliable access to nutritious food. The pandemic has made the situation worse: Black and Hispanic households with children have reported food insecurity at roughly twice the rate of white households with children.

The pandemic also demonstrated that schools and school food service professionals can provide healthy meals to students in all communities—even under difficult circumstances. Let’s build on that accomplishment with a robust response to childhood hunger that ensures our students have a solid foundation for learning and health.

As Congress renews child nutrition programs, we need legislation that:

  • Expands access to free meals for more students at school and during the summer
  • Invests in training and kitchen equipment for ESPs, the school food service professionals who keep our students fed and healthy
  • Addresses stigma and shaming issues related to school meal debt
  • Strengthens nutrition standards and invests in scratch cooking and farm-to-school programs