Free breakfasts for all Pa. schoolchildren to start on Oct. 1

Pennsylvania parents will soon be able to check making breakfast off their list of things to do in the morning rush to get their children ready for school.

Starting Oct. 1 and running through the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, that morning meal will be provided in schools.

Kari King, president and CEO of Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children called this initiative to addressing student hunger a great first step.

“We hope it will entice policymakers to expand it to include universal free lunch, as the antiquated system of application and eligibility for free or reduced school lunch often leaves too many students behind,” King said. “Ensuring funding for these programs is one way to help children reach their full potential, particularly those living in poverty, which is 292,000 or 17% of school age children in Pennsylvania.”

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