MSNBC’s Chris Hayes covered Chicago’s decision to adopt community eligibility, which allows schools with high percentages of low-income children to serve breakfasts and lunches to all children free of charge, for all its schools. The story from earlier this week, which also featured other large districts that have adopted community eligibility, explained how taking the option helps children while simplifying the administrative tasks for schools. Community eligibility means that “kids can concentrate on their work instead of their hunger and, notably, takes away the stigma of being a free-lunch kid,” Hayes explained.
More than 28,000 schools nationwide are eligible. Schools have until August 31 to sign up.