Closing high-school campuses during lunchtime and serving free meals to all students has increased meal participation in California -- and nationwide. "Kids could be eating a good meal for free," said Ellen Braff-Guajardo, senior nutrition policy advocate for California Food Policy Advocates. "Or they could be running off campus, and in a hurry, and maybe if they don't have too much money in their pocket, they're going to buy the Flamin' Hot Cheetos and a Coke," she added.

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