States Can Do More to Help Students Access Nutritious School Meals During Pandemic-Related School Closures

Child Trends | Emily Fulks, Sara Anderson, and Kristen Harper

“Nearly 22 million students nationwide rely on free and reduced-price meals at school, but school closures from COVID-19 have put school meal programs at risk of failing to meet the needs of eligible children.”

State-level policy often includes plans for how school districts should react to pandemics; however, few address a critical need for many students—continuity of meal services. This resource from Child Trends provides state-level decision makers with some ideas for supporting school systems as they attempt to keep their students healthy amid COVID-19 closures.

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