Advocates Call for Healthy, Free School Lunch for All NYC Students


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A healthy lunch can set kids up for school-day success, and for some kids, school lunch may be the only complete meal they get all day. A group in New York City is campaigning to make school lunch free for every public school student.

Lunch for Learning is a broad, diverse coalition-based campaign that is working toward making free and healthy school meals available to all New York City public school students, regardless of income. Spearheaded by Community Food Advocates, Lunch for Learning oversaw the implementation of free school lunch in NYC middle schools from September 2014 to December 2014.

The results?

The schools saw increased participation in the lunch program by more than 8 percent, and a reduction in food insecurity for many students in the city. Read more about their key findings here. 

Lunch for Learning is mobilizing organizations and individuals citywide to elevate this issue and focus the attention of the new Mayor, Chancellor and City Council Members to make this a food policy and educational priority.

Learn how you can get involved here.

Read about the campaign in the news.

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