Latinx and Black children have the fastest rise of diseases related to inequitable real food access, and it’s exactly these kinds of diseases—diabetes, obesity, and hypertension—that make patients more likely to die of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long-standing crises in our country, including food insecurity, racial inequity, and processed-food-related diseases. This convergence has uncovered stark truths about American society, systemic racism, and what we value as a country. As advocates for healthy food and food justice, we believe that it’s time to make a bold national commitment to food security and children’s health in America by extending universal access to school meals to all students. We must do it now.
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