It's time to rethink the narrative about school meal debt.
We are committed to finding solutions.
Children need nutrients so they can grow, develop, and focus
on learning instead of thinking about the food they need.
NO KID HUNGRY
SCHOOL MEAL DEBT IS A BARRIER TO SUCCESS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
75% of school districts in Wyoming have reported school lunch debt, and until 2020, there was no plan to address the school lunch debt crisis in the state—that wasn't OK with me. Corporate investments in Wyoming Angel Accounts will be returned to the local county of choice with a tax deductible donation. Our partnership with Dan and Cynthia Starks, the GoWest Credit Union Association, and school administrators across the state eliminated $139,642.78 in debt for our schoolchildren last year. Wyoming Hunger Initiative will continue to evaluate, analyze, and brainstorm long-term solutions to the challenge of meal debt.
According to Giridhar Mallya, senior policy officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the prevalence of school meal debt shows even small amounts of money can add up over time and become a burden to struggling families.
No child should experience the effects of debt that cause a barrier to success in life. Let's do something about it.
Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming