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School Meals Are Essential to Kids’ Health

School Meals WIC

Jamie Bussel

Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


June 28th, 2019


This op-ed was originally published on June 20, 2019, by The Hill

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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