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School lunches should be free

BY: - November 3, 2023

During the pandemic, the government embarked on a beautiful experiment: expanding public programs to stave off poverty. One critical component was ensuring that public school students had free lunches regardless of family income. During the 2020-2021 school year, 98 percent of all school lunches were free to students. All of a sudden, public schools were allowed to […]

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A pandemic experiment in universal free school meals gains traction in the states

BY: - April 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Every public school kid in the United States was eligible for free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of family income, thanks to the federal government. While that’s now ended, a growing number of states across the country are enacting universal school meal laws to bolster child food security and academic equity. […]


Build Back Better framework represents historic opportunity to improve the lives of North Carolinians

BY: - November 3, 2021

NOTE: The Build Back Better framework released last week is currently being crafted into legislation and changes to the scope and scale will be updated or linked to at the top of this post.  The Build Back Better framework released last week by the White House is a chance to take a huge step forward […]

Public schools across North Carolina adopt universal meal programs

BY: - July 29, 2014

With a new school year approaching, many local school boards across North Carolina will join an effort to help end childhood hunger. For the 2014-15 school year the nation-wide Community Eligibility Program (CEP) allows high-poverty North Carolina schools to eliminate collecting school meal applications and offer breakfast and lunch to all of their students at […]