Meal debt accumulates when children get food at school, but their families don’t have money in their accounts to pay.
Even though Georgia approved a $6.3 million grant to ensure children in families who qualify for reduced meals get them for free, many don’t meet that threshold but still struggle financially.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calculated that, as of June 2023, in the top 10 Gwinnett elementary schools with the most meal debt per student, 50.1% of students were Hispanic.
Note: this doesn’t include Title I schools. In Gwinnett, Title I schools provide free breakfast to all students.
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