Food insufficiency in States that did not extend universal free meals was higher than in the six States that did

Bar chart comparing percentage-point difference in rates of food insufficiency in school-aged children, overall and by household income between States that extended the universal free meals program and those that did not.

Using Household Pulse Survey data, a USDA, Economic Research Service researcher found that food insufficiency among school-aged children was reduced in States that extended universal free meals beyond the expiration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic waivers.

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