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More Nutritious Meals Boost Test Scores

Child holding up her test scores.

Evidence is mounting that food insecurity among children can have profound impacts on their ability to learn and contribute to long-term developmental delays. A new UC Berkeley study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows more nutritious meals boost test scores.

In places like Greenville, Mississippi, with rampant poverty, improved nutritional standards and federally funded after-school meal programs are a vital community resource.

Researchers and school officials wonder why the Trump administration has rolled back standards for school lunches, putting federal programs that provide tutoring and meals for at-risk youth on the budget chopping block.

Tovin Lapan, The Hechinger Report

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