It’s back-t0-school season! As millions of students return to the classroom, now’s the time to make some noise about the importance of school breakfast, school lunch, and afterschool meals to the health, academic success, and well-being of school-aged children. This is especially important as opportunities arise to increase the reach and impact of school meals and afterschool meals, including the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.

How can you get started? Join us and #RaiseYourHand for school meals and afterschool meals in three easy actions.



Action 1: Share #RaiseYourHand Social Media Assets

School meals and afterschool meals feed millions of students during the school year, helping to power both students’ minds and bodies. Spread the word on social using the below graphics, sample social, and video.


Graphics: Click on each graphic to download and share the full-size version.


Sample Social: Click on the “Share” links to tweet sample social.

Tip: Be sure to tag your senators and representatives on Twitter.

FRAC’s social media handles: @fractweets (Twitter), @Food Research and Action Center (Facebook), @fracgram (Instagram)

  1. #RaiseYourHand for #SchoolBreakfast with @fractweets! School breakfast boosts health and learning outcomes, making it just as necessary as textbooks and pencils for student success: Share

  2. #RaiseYourHand for #SchoolBreakfast with @fractweets — and encourage your elected officials to raise theirs, too! Members of Congress can help ensure fewer children go hungry by investing in a strong #CNR19 bill that invests in #SchoolBreakfast: Share

  3. #RaiseYourHand for #CommunityEligibility with @fractweets! At only 5 years old, adoption of the provision is growing, which equals more students across the country eating #SchoolMeals and less schools facing unpaid school meals debt: Share

  4. #RaiseYourHand for #CommunityEligibility with @fractweets — and encourage Members of Congress to raise theirs! Schools that implement the option often see increases in school meals participation, meaning more students get the nutrition needed to succeed: Share

  5. #RaiseYourHand for #SchoolMeals with @fractweets! School meals are a game changer when it comes to removing a significant barrier to student success and well-being: hunger. Share

  6. 500,000 children are at risk of losing their access to automatic free #SchoolMeals under a new Trump admin. proposed rule. We should be doing more for our kids. #RaiseYourHand for school meals by fighting back today with @fractweets: #HandsOffSNAP Share

  7. #RaiseYourHand for #AfterschoolMeals with @fractweets! Afterschool meals are a powerhouse: they help reduce childhood hunger in low-income communities and support the establishment, growth, and quality of afterschool enrichment programs. Share

  8. #RaiseYourHand for #AfterschoolMeals with @fractweets — and call on your Members of Congress to join! Afterschool meals are a critical anti-hunger tool, making it key that elected officials protect and strengthen them, especially during #CNR19: Share 

Download and share additional sample social for Twitter and Facebook. 


Video: Share the “4 Ways to Increase Participation in Afterschool Supper and Snacks” video.



Action 2: Participate in #RaiseYourHand Digital Events

The message is clear: school meals and afterschool meals are critical to equipping students with the nutrition they need to be healthy and thrive in the classroom. And opportunities exist for increasing their impact. Learn more on expanding the reach of school meals and afterschool meals by being a part of upcoming #RaiseYourHand digital events.


  1. Friday, September 20, 2019 – MomsRising #FoodFri Back-to-School Child Nutrition Reauthorization Twitter Chat: At 1:00 PM ET, join us and MomsRising (@MomsRising) for a Twitter chat on opportunities Members of Congress can advocate for to protect and strengthen school meals and afterschool meals through Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Use the #FoodFri hashtag to be a part of the fun.



Action 3: Encourage Others to Join the #RaiseYourHand Campaign

More children accessing school meals and afterschool meals is a win for us all! Encourage others — partner organizations, elected officials, family and friends — to join in on the #RaiseYourHand fun by sharing this toolkit and the below newsletter blurb.


Sample Newsletter Blurb: Download and share the sample newsletter blurb.