Children need healthy food in order to learn, grow, and thrive. Even before COVID-19, more than 1 in 7 children—10.7 million—lived in households where not everyone had enough to eat, with Black and Hispanic children twice as likely as white children to experience hunger. Then, the pandemic hit and child hunger reached dangerous new heights.
Thankfully, Congress and the USDA authorized schools to offer free meals to all children—regardless of income, age, or zip code—through the 2021-2022 school year in response to the pandemic. To advance racial equity and ensure no child goes hungry, Congress must act now to make free school meals permanent. Without action, schools will be forced to revert back to strict eligibility criteria, and millions of children will be denied the healthy meals they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Send an email to your members of Congress today and tell them that we cannot take meals away from our nation’s kids.