School meals are essential to kids’ health

Young girl sits at her desk writing on a piece of paper.

By: Jamie Bussel, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Seven million. Fifteen million. Thirty million.

These are the total number of participants, respectively, served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. Collectively, these federal nutrition programs help ensure that children and families nationwide–especially those in low-income communities–have greater access to healthy foods and enough to eat. 

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