All of the million students from the New York City Public School will now be able to get a free lunch during the academic year 2017 to 2018. The Public Advocate, Leticia James, a City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark Viverito and a schools chancellor Carmen Farina announced on Wednesday in the elementary school’s basement cafeteria of Hell’s Kitchen. It sounds a great thing, as none of the students in the NYC public school will now onwards neither be hungry, nor their circumstances will matter.
An executive director of the Community Food Advcoates’ group, Liz Accles, who spearheaded a universal free lunch campaign, said that, “This is a structural barrier that keeps kids who are hungry from eating.”
Around 75 percent of the poor students from the New York City public school have already qualified for the reduced price and free lunch. Well, this new initiative offers another 200,000 students and save $300 of their families each year, as the total price of their school lunch is $1.75 a day. Since the New York City Public School is already providing a free breakfast for all the students.
For the while, Mayor de Blasio said that, “We know that students cannot learn or thrive in school if they are hungry all day. Free school lunch will not only ensure that every kid in New York City has the fuel they need to succeed but also further our goal of providing an excellent and equitable education for all students.”
However the major credit goes to the Community Eligibility Provision of the United States Agriculture Department, which made this program possible. It hugely helped the nation’s most poverty school to make free the lunch and breakfast for all the students.