Target: CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Goal: Thank Chicago Public Schools for giving all students free meals to combat child hunger
The city of Chicago has decided to give free school breakfasts and lunches to all students. By taking this monumental initiative, the school district has shown its support of childhood nutrition and has made a bold stance against hunger. This new program will give lunches to all students, regardless of income or particular public school.
Although the meal program won’t launch until September, the Chicago Public Schools are already seeing some benefits. Schools will no longer have to deal with all the paperwork involved with monitoring which students are receiving the free meal plan and which are not. Fewer school employees and families will be using their time to fill out confusing paperwork that is often incomplete or too difficult for some families to understand. Now, the schools will be receiving federal reimbursement instead of the previous system of subsidized meal plans for students. The money saved could then be put to improving infrastructure and classrooms.
Perhaps most importantly, students who previously relied heavily on these meals will no longer be stigmatized or otherwise alienated by their peers, since everyone will be eligible for the meal plans. Even before, some students who were unable to pay for their meals were denied lunches. Students will now have access to better food in the cafeteria, possibly improving their attention span in the classroom.
Thank the Chicago Public Schools for making this progressive move to help all students receive the proper nutrition.
Dear Barbara Byrd-Bennett,
I recently heard about the Chicago Public Schools’ decision to give all students free meals. This is a fantastic move that will help end childhood hunger, improve nutrition, end stigmatization of low-income students, and drastically reduce the paperwork and money involved with previous meal systems.
This move to give lunch to all students will allow them to feel secure with their health; they will now know they will not be forgotten if they are unable to pay or bring their own lunches to school. The leftover funds that will be allocated to improving classrooms is instrumental in helping all of these children obtain a quality education.
Thank you for helping all Chicago public school children have filling, nutritious meals.
[Your Name Here]
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