Providing students with free school meals ensures that every child is ready to take advantage of their educational opportunities
Childhood hunger is a major issue in this country — one with wide-ranging consequences in learning, behavior and health. Santa Clara County has emerged as a leader in advocating for a strong, common-sense solution to ensure that every child in our county is ready to learn and thrive: universal school meals. As a country, we have promised every child a free education. Providing students with free school meals ensures that every child is ready to take advantage of that education. Free school meals also help create community — no longer do children need to be divided into “free, reduced, and paid” — they are just our children.