Many children, especially from low-income communities or communities of color, eat up to half their daily calories in school.
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Expanding free lunch programs could also reduce stigma for students, lower administrative burdens for schools and create jobs for communities.
An East Brainerd Elementary School lunch, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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The millions of US children whose parents can’t always afford enough nutritious food for their families get about a quarter of their calories from what they eat at school.
With obesity affecting so many students, it’s better to give them cheap, appealing food and drink choices at school.
Children struggle to learn when they’re hungry.
Ghana’s school feeding programme has reached millions of children in the past 11 years. It does important work, but needs more support to grow and become sustainable.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
The benefits of free school meals far outweigh any harm caused.
In the aftermath of the death of 22 schoolchildren in the state of Bihar in India, the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme, which provides free school lunches to more than 120 million children, has attracted widespread…