Child Hunger and COVID-19
For many families, food insecurity is real & is only heightened during this pandemic. We want to ensure that students & families still have access to daily nutritious meals while schools are shut down. SLCE has partnered with The Education Trust - Louisiana to offer viable solutions and to keep the needs of students & their families at the forefront of the conversation.
To add some context to this issue, here's a snippet of an article by Ed Trust and Hunger Free America.
"On a typical school day, 21 million K-12 students from low-income backgrounds rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches. With schools across the country closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic — as well as many parents newly-unemployed — the United States is facing the risk of massive child hunger." [Full article]
Louisiana has not yet chosen to opt-in for the Pandemic EBT mentioned in the full article; however, the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) has taken several steps toward easing the financial burden of families.
To find out more about how Louisiana is managing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), click HERE