In many school cafeterias across the U.S., financially-strapped school districts provide either reduced meals – such as just a cheese sandwich – or no food to students whose parents cannot afford to pay for their lunches.
To ensure all elementary, middle and high school students receive complete lunches and are not victims of “food shaming,” we raise funds to help parents and school districts pay for meals.
We also work with school districts to ensure parents who are struggling financially complete USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) applications for free or reduced price meals. If these parents will simply submit an application, the USDA will use federal funds to pay for their children’s meals. But an application must be submitted or these funds cannot be obtained.
We became involved with this initiative because two-thirds of children who are removed from their homes by CPS are removed because their parents are not providing basic necessities to their children. Since studies clearly show it’s in the best interest of children to live with their parents, we pay for school lunches to help children and parents stay together.
Donate to help pay for school lunches.
Volunteer to persuade parents to complete USDA applications for free or reduced price meals.