New York City schools will now offer free lunch to every kid who wants it

The city's school Chancellor Carmen Fariña recently announced that free lunch would now be available to the city's 1.1 million students, regardless of income level.

Previously, free lunch was only available to low income students who qualified.New York City may be littered with gluten-loving rats and paved with chicken bone highways, but if there's one thing the city's occasionally good at, it's policy.

The city's move comes after a series of articles sparked a nationwide outrage about "lunch-shaming," the practice of shaming kids — or requiring them to do labor — when they can't afford lunch.

Instead of admitting they don't have the money, many students will often just forego lunch. 

What kind of country denies free frozen pizza to kids? 


Approximately 75 percent of New York City students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The new initiative is expected to reach an additional 200,000 students and save families $300 a year.

As someone who spent years working in New York City schools, I can verify that the competition for lunch snacks is indeed brutal.

I once witnessed a confrontation between a Security Guard and a student over a turkey sandwich that almost became physical, and was profoundly embarrassing for everyone involved.

(This isn't even salami we're talking about — it's TURKEY!)

Since the free lunch program is a federal program, the city's budget will remain largely unaffected. 

Sorry Paul Ryan! This meal's on you.

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Cheap and healthy school lunches

Cookie Cutter Lunch

  • Carb: 2 slices of 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Peanut Butter and Jelly. Using Cookie Cutters to make shapes
  • Fruit: Apple Slices
  • Vegetable: Carrot Sticks or Celery
  • Dairy: Sliced Colby Jack Cheese

Tuna Fish Lunch:

  • Protein: Tuna Fish made with Mayonaise on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Vegetable: Carrot Sticks
  • Fruit: Apple Slices w/ Peanut Butter
  • Dairy: Sliced Colby Jack Cheese
  • Snack: Potato Chips

Inside out Sandwich Lunch

  • Make Sandwich Skewers with Colby Jack Cheese, Turkey and Bread
  • Fruit: Orange Slices or Grapes
  • Vegetable: Carrot sticks and ranch
  • Snack: Potato Chips

Egg Lunch:

  • Protein: Hard boiled eggs turned into Deviled Eggs
  • Vegetable: Carrot Sticks or Celery with Ranch Dressing
  • Fruit: Grapes
  • Dairy: Colby Jack Cheese Slices
  • Snack: Potato Chips

Skip the Bread Lunch

  • Fruit: Grapes
  • Vegetable: Carrot Sticks or Celery
  • Dip: Classic Hummus
  • Dairy: Sliced Colby Jack Cheese
  • Protein: Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

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