No one will argue that kids going to class with full stomachs is a bad thing. Kids going hungry in itself is awful to think of, but it's also been shown that hunger and malnutrition affect a child's ability to learn, as well as their physical and educational development.
How to feed kids facing food insecurity remains a stubborn issue, however. As of 2021, 1.54 million kids in America can't afford their school meals, according to Education Data Initiative, and the national public school meal debt stands at $262 million a year.
But a couple of states have decided that the best way to address the issue is to simply provide meals.