OPINION: The lightbulb moment that helped students get free lunch when school’s out
The Hechinger Report
AUGUST 21, 2019
Across the country, students are returning to their desks and, often, their first free lunches since June. But in Providence, Rhode Island, more students than ever are coming back with their bellies full, thanks to an innovative program that began with one simple question posed six years ago: Why weren’t kids coming to the parks to get their free lunches during the summer? That’s what Ellen Cynar , director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, just couldn’t figure out.