28.7 percent of Mississippi children do not have consistent, dependable access to nutritious food at home. The high-poverty community eligibility provision has extended school meals to thousands more Mississippi students, but hundreds of eligible schools still have not signed up.
In the state that ranks at the bottom for almost every health outcome, the Mississippi Healthy Students Act has been hailed as a big step forward in the battle against childhood obesity and chronic disease. But its success has masked growing racial disparities.
More than 20 percent of Mississippians -- and nearly 30 percent of children -- do not have consistent access to nutritious food. The latest cuts to food assistance programs are a step in the wrong direction.