Title

Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance

Author(s)/Creator(s)

Amy Ellen Schwartz
Michah W. Rothbart

Funder(s)

National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,

Funding ID

5R01DK097347-02

Document Type

Research Brief

Keywords

universal free meals, school lunch, student performance, academic success

Disciplines

Education Policy | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation

Date

5-12-2020

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the NYC Department of Education for providing data and for their support, especially the Office of School Food, Dennis Barrett, Stephen O’Brien, and Armando Taddei. For data support, advice, and suggestions, they thank Meryle Weinstein, Emily Gutierrez, Zac McDermott, Siddhartha Aneja, Michele Leardo, Sarah Cordes, Joanna Bailey, and Brian Elbel. The authors also thank seminar participants at the University of Connecticut, the University of Virginia, the University of Hong Kong, the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and participants at the APPAM, AEFP, and NTA conferences for useful comments on previous drafts. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or the NYC Department of Education.

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