Hot School Lunches End 7.16 Denise Cathey The Brownsville TX Herald

An unusual coalition – the biggest teachers’ union, parents, civil rights and food activists – is urging the U.S. Congress to extend emergency funding for school meals during the pandemic. This high school kitchen in Brownsville, Texas served its last in-person meal in mid-March, and has served 670,00 since then, but funding ran out 16 July. The American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP, the Hispanic Federation and hunger agencies like World Central Kitchen and Hunger Free America are backing the effort, as well as a 15% increase in SNAP, the Federal food assistance program. The House of Representatives passed such a measure back in May, but it’s now stalled in negotiations with the Senate and the White House. Chef José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen has distributed 35 million meals since the pandemic began, said, “We need to go bold. If we don’t go bold now, when?” (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

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