The U.S. has witnessed unprecedented policy shifts related to child nutrition during COVID-19. However, federal intervention in school meal programs has a deep-rooted history. This report tells a story of school lunches in Alabama. Starting with the historiography of school meals, it traces the National School Lunch Program’s roots into today’s policies and discusses the subsequent impacts on children. More importantly, this report examines the inherently prejudiced nature of school meal legislation and the disproportionate impact of food insecurity on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This report closes out by exploring COVID-19-inspired legislation as permanent solutions to childhood hunger.
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