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In New York, the Department of Education administers the school breakfast and lunch programs and local schools operate them. In many districts some students pay full price while others qualify for free or reduced lunches — which creates its own set of problems.
Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director of the New York State Parent Teacher Association, argues, “Students who accept free lunch or even families that accept a free lunch shouldn’t have to feel stigmatized” and points out, “bullying and cyberbullying are real in our districts.”
We agree with Belokopitsky’s sentiments.