Our state legislature is finalizing the state budget. Urge them to include funding to make School Meals for All permanent today.
By starting with what happens in schools
Currently, 1 in 5 households with children in Massachusetts face food insecutity. Join our coalition to pass School Meals for All legislation that provides a solution that ensures, no matter what may be happening, students have access to school breakfast and lunch.
Universal school meals — school meals available at no-cost to every student — have benefits that extend far beyond the cafeteria. Research shows when a child is well fed, they perform better in school, are at lower risk for obesity, and adjust to social situations better. Additionally, by making meal access universal, we help remove stigma around economic status and family situation—creating a more equitable and just educational environment.
The Feed Kids Campaign needs your help to urge the Senate to include permanent School Meals for All in THEIR budget too!
This year, 5 states have continued providing universal free meals to all students, including Massachusetts. Currently, 5 states, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, and New Mexico have passed laws to make School Meals for All permanent. Over 20 states have active campaigns for School Meals for All. Massachusetts can and should be the next to adopt this policy permanently!
“This has been an absolute game-changer for students. They are all used to having free meals and reverting to paid meals would be very detrimental to food service programs and low-income students.”
Doug Dias, Director of Finance and Operations, Marlborough Public Schools
ate school lunch daily in Oct. 2022 vs Oct. 2019