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Gillibrand Pushes To Make Pandemic Free Meal Program For Kids Permanent

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York joined educators at Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport, Long Island, today to push legislation that provide free breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack to all schoolchildren regardless of income.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York joined educators at Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport, Long Island, today to push legislation that provide free breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack to all schoolchildren regardless of income.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced a bill to offer all schoolchildren free meals, regardless of income.

The federal government provides free meals now due to emergency measures enacted during the pandemic. The new law would make it permanent.

“No parent should have to worry about where their child's next meal is coming from. And no child should be asked to learn on an empty stomach,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand said schoolchildren could receive free breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack.

The bill would also eliminate school meal debt for families and expand eligibility for a program that offers free meals through the summer.

Food insecurity on Long Island nearly doubled since the onset of the pandemic from about 260,000 people at the start of last year to almost 500,000 today.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.