August 12, 2021

All public school students in California will now be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free — regardless of family income.

Host Zaidee Stavely and reporter Ali Tadayon discuss what impact the state’s new universal school meals program could have on schools and children. Also, a director of nutrition in a high-poverty district tells us how offering free meals to all students in her district got more students to class on time, improved school culture and helped stem hunger.


  • Ali Tadayon, Reporter, EdSource
  • Stephanie Bruce, Nutrition Services Director, Palm Springs Unified School District

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