The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS), on behalf of its 14,000 members, fully supports the concept of free school meals for all and urges the legislature and governor to include in the state budget provisions to fund universal school meals. SAANYS was disappointed that the governor did not include additional state funding to provide universal meals for all students in her state budget proposal.
Commented SAANYS Executive Director Kevin Casey, “Assuring all students are provided with healthy school meals is at the core of preparing young people to succeed and thrive at school. No student should go through the day hungry or anxious about accessing their next meal. Providing universal school meals is a commonsense way to fully support our students and families, especially during these difficult economic times.”
It’s time for New York to join other states such as California, Colorado, and Maine in assuring all students are protected from food insecurity and given the opportunity to thrive.