NH Hunger Solutions In the News
Report: NH ranks 50th out of 51 in school breakfast participation
This report is accompanied by a scorecard that finds 15,991 children in New Hampshire participated in school breakfast on an average school day in 2015-2016, a 2.3 percent increase over the previous year. In the same year, the number of students in the state who participated in the National School Free and Reduced Price (NSLP) Lunch Program is 40,367.
School Lunch Alert
The Food Research and Action Center, recently sent out a FRAC Alert about Lunch Shaming. Lunch shaming occurs when children who do not have school lunch money in their account, or money in hand to pay for lunch,are publicly humiliated in their school cafeterias. Offensive practices include having their lunch thrown away, having their hand stamped, or being made to do chores for their meal.
US Senators introduced S. 1064 and H.R. 2401, which would help end lunch shaming. The bills would end the practices of marking — or otherwise identifying — students who owe school lunch debt. The bills also require that efforts to collect meal debt be directed to parents or guardians, and encourage schools to take steps to ensure that eligible children are certified for free or reduced-price school meals. We encourage you to contact your member of congress: 202-225-3121 (switchboard) regarding this legislation.
To address this issue in New Hampshire, Former State Senator Molly Kelly from District 10 introduced Senate Bill 371, in 2016, which established requirements for implementing a school lunch meal payment policy. According to the legislation, a school lunch meal payment policy which is implemented by a school board shall ensure that all students have access to a healthy school lunch.