Hunger Solutions Minnesota is teaming up with a number of Minnesota businesses, lawmakers, and other advocates to secure free meals for all students in Minnesota.   Heather Alden, a school social worker in St. Paul says nutrition is key to student success:

“I know that when I work with kids nine times out of ten when they are struggling at school with behavioral challenges if I say have you eaten today? Nine out of ten times they hadn’t.”

Alden says hunger deprives kids of more than food, it also impacts their mental and physical health.