By Erin Durkin
All five of the city’s borough presidents are pushing Mayor de Blasio to offer free lunch to all public school kids.
The pols - Staten Island Republican Jimmy Oddo and Democrats Eric Adams of Brooklyn, Gale Brewer of Manhattan, Melinda Katz of Queens and Ruben Diaz Jr. of the Bronx - wrote a letter to de Blasio asking him to put the cash in next year’s budget for universal free lunch.
Kids currently qualify for free lunch based on their income, but backers of universal free lunch argue some end up going hungry because they’re too embarrassed to take the freebies when others are paying.
“Students would, over time, feel less stigmatized by universal free lunch and would be able to study without hunger. Families would feel an immediate impact by not having to pay for lunch, or worry whether their child was receiving the proper nutrition they need,” the borough presidents wrote.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)