FERN Looks at Benefits of Free School Lunch Programs

The fight to keep school lunch free has largely shifted in California, Colorado, and Maine. But as Bridget Huber explains in “Why universal free school meals matter,” published in collaboration with Mother Jones, in most of the country, cafeterias have returned to the status quo, where kids either pay full price for lunch or get it for a reduced price or for free, depending on their families’ annual income.

The piece was shared in Hunter College’s Food Policy Watch newsletter. It was also shared by NewsBreak (local news app).

Mother Jones’ link to the story was shared on Twitter over 4,800 times.

We saw additional engagement on Twitter from Marion Nestle (143K followers) and Polo’s Pantry (nonprofit focused on food systems, 2.2K followers).

Our media partner for this story, Mother Jones, has a monthly readership of 8M. In addition, they have a total social media following of 2.7M.

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