The National School Lunch Program provides low-cost lunches, but those costs are sometimes still too high for some families. Qualifying for free or reduced lunch, however, can be a barrier, too. “Some families might be eligible, but aren’t used to filling out the applications,” FitzSimmons. In many places, the eligibility cutoff for free lunches is too low, and families who are not eligible may still struggle to pay. “A lot of families on reduced price can be struggling, and school lunch can be the last thing on their mind,” she says.