BREAKOUT SESSION: Food Security as a Means of Realizing Education Equity
Our nation is in the midst of a pandemic, an economic downturn, and a continued reckoning with racial inequities and injustice. As a result, many students’ basic needs – including food security – are not being met. Decades of research and data tell us that hungry students are more likely to struggle in the classroom compared to their peers. We also know that systemic racism has, for too long, made it harder for communities of color to access the critical nutrition needed to ensure that students of color are fed and best prepared to learn. It is impossible to provide an equitable education without ensuring that students’ basic needs are met both inside and outside the classroom.