The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"The hardship of being homeless with children is what I would like people to see.  When you look into my children’s faces and in their eyes in that picture, they’re only one and five years old, but you can see the stress and the loneliness. Especially in my oldest son because he’s been through before.  When we were homeless we spent a lot of time outside just to get out and clear our heads. When you’re homeless it seems like it’s not just being homeless from having a home; it’s being homeless from having self-respect and self-worth, and just not being able to do what you want to do."

National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

The federal school meals programs operate in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools across the country, serving more than 31 million school children each day.  Philadelphia's Universal School Meals Program - which allows all children in high-poverty schools to eat for free, without a meal application - is a highly-regarded national model.

Current Issue

Due to major budget cuts, the Philadelphia School District recently announced its decision to close 26 full-service kitchens and replace them with pre-plated ("satellite") meals.  Along with other leading nutrition advocates, the Center testified against the decision at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission in June 2011.

 

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