Join the Hunger-Free Schools Coalition!

by Alison Killeen

Every student, classroom, teacher, and community is better off when kids start the school day well-nourished and ready to learn. Oregon has the opportunity to become the first state in the nation to offer healthy, tasty school meals to all children at no charge – helping every student learn, grow, and succeed in life!

The Hunger-Free Schools Coalition is our response to the need identified by community partners. We listened to voices across Oregon including leaders in education at the state and local levels, including teachers, nutrition service providers, and community leaders. We also hosted 13 listening circles with parents and students in every corner of Oregon, hearing from immigrant families, communities of color, rural households, and more.

Why Universal School Meals?

  • Increases future earnings. Kids who attend schools that serve meals to all students at no charge earn more as adults.
  • Reduces stigma. Universal meals level the playing field for all students. It’s just classmates breaking bread together.
  • Equity. In this time of fear and uncertainty around immigration, reports are widespread of immigrant families being reluctant to apply for benefits for which they’re legally eligible – including school meals. No child should go without a meal due to fear.
  • Centers the needs of kids and working parents. In listening circles with parents and students, the idea of universal meals emerged as a key issue.
  • No more School Meal Debt. That’s good for kids, schools, and families.
  • Eliminates the “Benefit Cliff.” Due to the high cost of housing, 37% of kids in Oregon who experience food insecurity are in households that earn oo much to qualify.

Now is the time!

Oregon has a historic opportunity in 2019 to give our kids the tools to succeed in school, but we can’t do it alone. Working with our partners and allies, we believe we can make Oregon the first state in the nation to serve universal school meals at every public school.

To succeed, we need your help. Will you join the Hunger-Free Schools Coalition?

Yes! Add my organization to the list of supporters!

PDF of Coalition Sign On available here.