Canadians support a universal free school lunch program without income testing, Social Development Minister Jenna Sudds’ department said in a report yesterday. No cost estimate was disclosed.

“We heard you,” Minister Sudds said in a statement. “No child should go to school on an empty stomach and if they do our schools need to be able to provide them with a nutritious meal.”

The report said Canadians opposed income testing. “Many service delivery organizations and communities warned against this,” said the National School Food Policy Engagements: What We Heard report. “They warned this can result in fewer students choosing to take part due to stigma. Instead they recommended targeting all students within a particular grade or school.”

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