North Carolina should provide school meals to all students. It did for me.
Some of my earliest memories are of my single, divorced mom of five working multiple jobs. I remember falling asleep to the sound of her word processor printing out the medical transcripts she typed for local doctors. I remember the sick-sweet smell of the lotion she rubbed into her aching feet after pulling a full day of selling perfume at the mall. I remember listening to her verbally study her nursing class notes at all hours so she could one day fully provide her family with a healthy and happy life.
One day my brother came home with a bill for school lunches (he forgot to bring the lunch my mom packed), and the school counselor informed my mom that our family qualified for no-cost meals at school. My four brothers and I enjoyed eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, and I was grateful that it took a burden off my mother. Eventually, my mother’s hard work culminated in us no longer qualifying for free meals at school but instead reduced.