Senior Policy Analyst
Nearly 17 million children live in households that have trouble affording enough nutritious food at some point during the year, according to figures that the Agriculture Department released this week. That’s a powerful reminder of why we must make sure that every child who needs school meals gets them, including low-income children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. My new report explains several steps that schools can take to make enrollment as smooth as possible. They fall into three broad categories:
Because school children are a captive audience, one can understandably assume that all children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals get enrolled. By focusing on improving access and taking concrete steps throughout the school year, program administrators can make that goal a reality.