Wednesday, July 24, 2019

America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty | gadflyonthewallblog

America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty | gadflyonthewallblog

America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty
There are few things as bad as a hungry child.
Hunched over an aching stomach as the school day creeps toward its end, one in six children go hungry in America today.
It’s harder to learn when you’re malnourished and in pain – especially for children.
About 75% of US school districts report students who end the year owing large sums for lunches, according to the School Nutrition Association. And of those districts, 40.2% said the number of students without adequate funds increased last school year.
In fact, that has become the central issue – not child hunger but lunch debt.
Policymakers at the federal, state and school district level are finding new ways to force impoverished parents to pay for their children’s meals even if doing so means CONTINUE READING: America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty | gadflyonthewallblog



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