School lunch programs in Wisconsin got some attention this week, when Governor Tony Evers met with Holmen High School staffers about offering free breakfast and lunch to students. The nutrition service director for the Holmen Schools, Mike Gasper, supports the idea of the government paying for school meals.
“These kids struggle when they’re hungry,” says Gasper. “Honestly, if you really want to break the cycle of poverty, they have to do well in school. If they’re not eating, they’re not going to do well in school.”
Gasper says kids took advantage of free lunch programs at high levels during the COVID outbreak.
“It wasn’t just the kids,” he says. “It was everybody, was eating, and I think it was a different atmosphere in schools. There was a sense of community in these schools. It was a good thing.”