Coronavirus School Closures Have Raised Food Insecurity Fears. Here's How Schools Are Responding.
About 22 million students eat free or discounted school lunches in the United States every day. With schools around the country closed because of the coronavirus, there is serious worry about an increase in food insecurity.
Governments and school districts are responding to those concerns. In San Diego County, SDUSD students can still obtain their meals from eight locations that have been set up. SDUSD is the second largest school district in the state. Other districts across the nation and state are doing the same.
Federal officials have been quick to warn against large or even medium-sized gatherings of people dining together, however. Some school districts that have closed are maintaining their bus routes, using the drivers as meal couriers. That way the food is safely delivered to the children at home.
The federal government is also acting to combat the problem of food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more about that here.