California will permanently begin providing free school meals for students this …


California will permanently begin providing free school meals for students this fall in a move that many advocates are praising as a big step toward ending food insecurity. The state said it will be the first in the nation to make free meals permanent for all public school students, regardless of family income. “No questions. No stigma. ALL California kids now have access to free meals at schools,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted last week. In the last year, the pandemic’s financial fallout pushed child hunger to record levels, even in the richest US counties. Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠

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