Trump Letters Removed From Food Boxes at San Diego Schools
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten has ordered staff to remove letters from President Trump that were included in food boxes being distributed to needy families. According to Marten, the letters could mislead families about the best way to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
The letters were included as part of the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which “redirects meat, dairy and produce to low-income families instead of the restaurants and other food-service businesses that normally receive them,” according to Politico. “The Trump administration has been criticized for mandating that a letter from Trump taking credit for the program be included in the food boxes weeks before Election Day.”
Marten took issue with a line in the letter that asks families to “consider” wearing face masks to prevent viral spread.
“Science is clear: wearing masks works to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” Marten said in a statement Tuesday. “Wearing masks is required in California and on every San Diego Unified school campus. It is not optional, as the president wrote in his letter.”
SDUSD is the largest school district in California participating in the program. Los Angeles Unified has declined to participate.
Read more at Politico.