When schools closed during COVID, millions struggled to keep hunger at bay for their kids. Then healthy school meals for all children became a reality. But this program ends in June 2022, and we will be at an inflection point. How can we motivate America to declare—as California did—that free, nutritious school meals are as critical to school success as textbooks? Practitioners, funders, and policymakers share stories addressing the need for every child to have access to nutritious meals.
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- Understand what an investment in school meals will mean for the health and learning of all children, and ultimately for our economy.
- Assimilate the learnings from COVID to determine steps to be taken in education to prepare to nutritiously feed children during the next pandemic.
- Analyze the systems—already in place—that will need alignment for this to become a reality.
- Curt Ellis, President and Founder, FoodCorps
- Luis Guardia, President, Food Research and Action Center
- Miriam Nelson, President and CEO, Newmans Own Foundation
- Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of California, Department of Education
Christine Sanni, Chief External Relations Officer, Newman's Own Foundation
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