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Families across the country are struggling with food insecurity, but the state of Maine is taking steps to address it. The issue has only become worse during the pandemic, and the federal government stepped in to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students last year and they’ll continue to do that through the 2021-2022 school year.

But Maine is joining California as the first states to keep that program going in the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. Making school meals free means all kids have access to healthy food, which they might not get at home.

“We’ve seen such tremendous benefits associated with offering meals to students and giving them the choice to take them,” explains Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokesperson for the School Nutrition Association “It really makes sure every child who needs that meal and who depends on school meals gets those meals.”

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SOURCE: Press Herald