Yesterday, Student Voice partnered with Marsai Martin from ABC’s comedy Black-ish, the Urban School Food Alliance and Soze to launch the School Lunch for All campaign to ensure that all K-12 students receive free meals for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.
Tens of millions of students rely on their schools for meals every single day, but not all of those students receive those meals for free. Because these meals aren’t free, students can go into debt just for eating lunch, which can then lead to shaming, exclusion from school activities, collections agencies and, in extreme cases, the threat of foster care.
The School Lunch for All campaign calls on the senators in charge of the Senate Committee on Agriculture — Sen. Pat Robers and Sen. Debbie Stabenow — and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to institute a pilot free lunch program for the upcoming school year. Sign the School Lunch for All petition here and visit the School Lunch for All website here.
The School Lunch for All campaign partnership represents part of Student Voice’s efforts to advocate for equitable education policies when schools reopen this fall and ensure students have their basic needs met, including the Move School Forward 30 Days of Action.
About Student Voice
Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.