1 in 6 kids go hungry every day in North Carolina.

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Donate to School Meals for All NC to support our advocacy and lobbying efforts to ensure that every child in every public school in North Carolina has access to breakfast and lunch at school at no cost to their families.

We believe that no child should go hungry and that every child in every public school in North Carolina should have access to breakfast and lunch at school at no cost to their families.

Our Guiding Principles

No child should go hungry.

School meals should be available at no cost to all students in public schools.

No child should experience shame or stigma due to an inability to pay for school meals.

School meals help children succeed both in and out of school and build strong, resilient communities.

No-cost school meals are an investment in academic performance.

KIDS WHO EAT HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL.

Studies show that providing students with healthy meals at school makes them more attentive and engaged in the classroom, leading to better grades, higher attendance rates, and higher graduation rates.

School meals are healthy.

SCHOOL MEALS MEET STRICT NATIONAL NUTRITION GUIDELINES.

Thus, while food served in schools may look like what is served at home, it is actually specially formulated to meet these guidelines.

School meals are an investment in our economy.

School meals for all will support local farmers and producers.

Providing no-cost school meals to all students in North Carolina public schools will not only ensure every child has access to nutritious breakfast and lunch, but also that school nutrition programs won’t have to pay off meal debt and can instead focus on supporting local farmers and producers and offering healthy, local products to students.

School Meals 101

In this webinar recorded on January 25, 2023, Alecia Sanders and Marianne Hedrick Weant with the North Carolina Alliance for Health break down school meals and their funding.

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Coalition Leadership

Resources

ICYMI: Buffet of School Meals Resources

ICYMI: Buffet of School Meals Resources

Catching Up on School Meals: For the past 2 years, all students have received school meals at no cost thanks to federal USDA waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. But those waivers expired on June 30. What does this mean for school meals in North Carolina? In our FWIW...

School Meal Policies in North Carolina

School Meal Policies in North Carolina

This report discusses school meal charge policies in North Carolina. School meal charge policies from 103 of the 115 public school districts in North Carolina were reviewed. Download PDF

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