Joining the cities of Detroit and Boston which both offer free lunch to all school children is New York City.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced before the start of this school year that the city will be making free lunch available to all 1.1 million of the city’s public school students. Reason?
About 1/3 of them qualify for free or reduced lunch anyway but yet a bunch do not get it because their parents fail to fill out the paperwork required.
Advocates for child nutrition have long urged the city to ensure universal access by making lunch free.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says free school lunch will “ensure that every kid in New York City has the fuel they need to succeed.” The new school year starts Thursday.
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