This school year, New York families face a steep hunger cliff as nationwide waivers allowing free school meals for all students expire, jeopardizing access to school meals for an estimated 726,000 students in nearly 2,000 schools across the state.

๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜. A diverse coalition of anti-hunger, education, health, agriculture, and equity-focused advocates are urging New York to establish and fund a statewide Healthy School Meals for All program to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to every student each school day, regardless of income. Providing meals at no cost to all students is a proven strategy to reduce food insecurity, improve mental and physical health, alleviate stigma and administrative barriers to meal access, support local food purchasing, and advance educational, economic, and racial equity.

๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜
To illustrate the broad support for this critical policy, Hunger Solutions New York is preparing a list of organizations in support of Healthy School Meals for All to share publicly and with key policymakers.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ข๐—• ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿต, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ, to add your organization as a Healthy School Meals for All supporter. While we will continue to grow this coalition throughout the fall, you must sign on by next week to be included in the list of supporters we are sharing in key policy meetings next month. If your organization cannot be listed publicly, or if you do not represent an organization, you can still complete the form to sign up for email updates and to be kept informed of future advocacy opportunities.

Thank you for supporting childrenโ€™s access to vital school meal programs. Together, we can ensure all New York kids have the nutrition they need to learn and thrive.


Hunger Solutions New York and Community Food Advocates Launch Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids Campaign – Hunger Solutions New York