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No more empty stomachs in class

No more empty stomachs in class

Children who are hungry have a hard time learning regardless of their innate ability or their desire to keep up with their classmates. That's why the Baltimore City school system's announcement that, starting this month, every student in the city will receive free breakfast and lunch at school whatever their family's income is so significant. It means that all children will now have equal access to healthy, nutritious meals that help them stay alert, energetic and ready to reach their full potential in the classroom. This is a development that can only be good for the city and all its young people.

Educators have long known that healthy children learn better and that hunger is one...