Our March 2014 “NYC Food by the Numbers” focused on Lunch 4 Learning, a campaign for universal free school lunched in NYC. Free school lunches were listed as a priority for last year’s city budget by the City Council. However, the program piloted only in stand-alone NYC middle schools. This year, the program has not been included in the City Council’s budget as well, which is due to take effect on July 1, 2015. As the date fast approaches, we present fresh statistics on how the universal school lunches in middle schools have fared so far, and what the implications of <0.03% of the City Council’s budget could look like for food security amongst NYC school children.
In 2015, Community Food Advocates compared school students’ participation in the school lunch program for the first six months of the 2014-2015 school year to the same months in the 2013-2014 school year. Results are presented in the table below.1,2
|Months||Increase/ Decrease in Middle School Students’ Lunch Participation||Increase/Decrease in Elementary and High School Students’ Lunch Participation|
Lunch4Learning, the campaign for universal free meals in all New York City public schools, is working to ensure that the final executive budget for FY16 includes funding for an expansion of the middle school pilot program to all students. Get involved- Sign the petition, tweet a selfie and more!