The shortage of food for school lunch programs has finally hit the press. The New York Times tags it as a labor shortage, no make that a supply shortage. Perhaps it is both. But those who emphasize the shortage is the end result of the decision to make school lunch free to all students during the pandemic know very little about just how skimpy a federally funded school lunch can be in pandemic times under the waiver of many school lunch nutritional requirements. They may also know very little about childhood poverty in the U.S.