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“More than 320,000 students in 650 schools were left behind,” said Andrés Vives, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions New York, at a rally at the state capitol. “They still do not have access to free universal school meals and that’s why we are here today.”

“There is a miss perception that many of the schools left out of last year‘s investment are affluent,” said Liz Accles, Executive Director of Community Food Advocates. “In fact, those schools not included, could have students— up to 24% of their student body, deemed low income.”