Three tactics are helping schools tackle food insecurity

Using methods including food trucks and in-school pantries, colleges, communities and corporations are increasingly joining school districts in their efforts to keep underserved students fed.

For many of the 20 million children qualifying for free-and-reduced lunches, school is the only place they get to eat. Research shows 60% of low-income students report going to school on an empty stomach, and it gets worse during the summer when many of them no longer have the school food safety net.

The good news is that agencies, organizations and even lawmakers are taking big bites out of this problem through small, innovative steps. But oftentimes, it’s only a cost-effective matter of preserving leftover food or repurposing unused resources.

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