school nutrition

House bill would make all school lunches free

BY: - April 24, 2023

All of the state’s K-12 students would become eligible for free school lunches if a House bill filed Monday becomes law. Under House Bill 844, titled the School Meals for All Act, students would receive free breakfast and lunch. The bill calls for $172 million in recurring funds beginning next school year. Students received free […]

Education leaders urge lawmakers to continue free meals for K-12 students

BY: - June 23, 2022

Hungry children can’t learn, NC Association of Educators President Tamika Walker Kelly said Wednesday. Kelly’s comment came during a noon press conference held to urge state lawmakers to pass two bills to provide the state’s 1.5 million K-12 students with free breakfast and lunch. State funding is needed because a federal pandemic-era program that has […]


Experts and advocates: Let’s make school lunches free permanently

BY: - February 17, 2021

Be sure to check out a brief article on the national food-oriented news website The Counter this morning entitled “The pandemic has made school lunch free for all public school students. Advocates are hoping to make the change permanent.” As journalist H. Claire Brown reports, a growing number of nutrition experts and advocates have concluded […]

The Senate budget poses a very real threat to helping people in need

BY: - May 12, 2017

The North Carolina Senate budget passed early this morning has been analyzed for its investments and how far short they fall of the needs in communities.  What has been missed, however, are the changes that would be made under the Senate budget that would put families in our state one catastrophe away from accessing health […]

1,200 NC public schools eligible to participate in initiative to reduce hunger in the classroom

BY: - May 26, 2015

A powerful new initiative aimed at reducing childhood hunger will be available to around 1,200 high-poverty schools in North Carolina this upcoming school year. This initiative, known as community eligibility, allows qualifying schools to serve meals free of charge to all students, ensuring that children whose families are struggling to put food on the table […]

More NC students arriving to class fed, ready to learn

BY: - March 10, 2015

Students in high-poverty schools across North Carolina are showing up to class each day with food in their stomach and ready to learn thanks to an initiative known as Community Eligibility.  As part of the nationwide Community Eligibility Program (CEP), schools within 54 school systems across the state are providing breakfast and lunch to all students […]