The Complicated State of Free School Meals in America

By Lauren Harkawik


“Some of the families you most want to reach through means-tested programs are the ones who are going to struggle the most to document income, resources or lack thereof,” Indivar Dutta-Gupta, president and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Law and Social Policy, told Marketplace. For that reason, he says, universal programs often do a better job of reaching people at all socioeconomic levels.

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