#SaludTues Tweetchat 3/9: The Surprising Role of School Meals in Advancing Health Equity for Students


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For parents who don’t have access to enough food to feed their families, school breakfast and lunch are the only meals their children get in a day.

This is the situation facing many Latino and black households, who suffer high rates of food insecurity.

During COVID-19, USDA made school meals free for all students.

This underlines the need for school lunch and breakfast to be as nutritious as possible, to ensure the health of all children, equitably.

Let’s use #SaludTues on March 9, 2021, to tweet about how school meals set a strong foundation for health equity for Latino and all students, especially for National Nutrition Month in March and in advance of International School Meals Day on March 11!

  • WHERE: Twitter
  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat “The Surprising Role of School Meals in Advancing Health Equity for Students”
  • WHEN: 1-2 p.m. ET (12-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • HOST: Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio (@SaludAmerica)
  • CO-HOSTS: Healthy Eating Research (@HEResearch)
  • SPECIAL GUESTS: Mathamatica (@MathematicaNow), Dayle Hayes, registered dietician (@SchoolMealsRock), Urban School Food Alliance (@urbanschoolfood); San Franola Cereals (@SanFranola)
  • HASHTAG: #SaludTues
  • OPTIONAL HASHTAG: #ISMD2021 #NationalNutritionMonth

We’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore:

  • What is the state of school meal nutrition?
  • What have school meals meant for the health of Latino and all children?
  • How can we continue to strengthen school food nutrition?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your tips, stories, and resources to explore healthy school meals!

#SaludTues is a health equity Tweetchat especially focused on the Hispanic/Latino population at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET every Tuesday hosted by the @SaludAmerica program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

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