While impoverished families and those inside the school food world have known about lunch shaming for decades, the intense viral reaction to those two Times stories made clear that most Americans had no idea that kids with meal debt are stigmatized every day in school cafeterias around the country.
As a writer and advocate, I was gratified to see the issue brought to light in such a powerful way. But ever since, I’ve been wondering if those articles, along the huge rash of media coverage that followed, actually made any difference in the lives of debt-ridden students.
Today, I do my best to answer that question in a new piece on Civil Eats. My findings, as you’ll see, are decidedly mixed.
I do hope you’ll take a moment to read and share the Civil Eats piece, and please leave your thoughts about it in a comment below, on Civil Eats, or on social media. Thank you!
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