Growing Number Of Lee's Summit Families Can't Afford Lunch

Today we notice a local mention of suburban real life in a national report about growing American economic desperation.

Here's the money line . . .

Families are already hurting, especially if they are on the cusp of qualifying, said Lori Danella, director of nutrition services for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri. 

“I wish there was some way to help when those families just don’t quite make it,” she said. “I’ve shed more tears this year than I have in my 24 years of food service.”

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School lunch is too costly for a growing number of families. Will a White House pledge help?

This story was produced by NBC News' Elizabeth Chuck as part of the 2022 National Fellowship at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism . The end of universal free school meals has left a growing number of families in a financial quandary: unable to keep up with school lunch payments, yet unable to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.