New York can and must ensure all children in our state have secure, equal access to healthy school meals at no cost.
Hunger Solutions New York and Community Food Advocates have launched a statewide campaign for Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids.
Providing free meals for all students—regardless of income—is a proven strategy to reduce food insecurity, support learning, improve mental and physical health, and bolster educational and economic equity. Yet at the start of this school year, more than 726,000 students in nearly 2,000 schools across the state lost access to free school meals. New York State must establish and fund a permanent, statewide Healthy School Meals for All program to ensure all students have the healthy food they need to learn and thrive.