CPS suspends food distribution program ‘based on the evolving nature of activity’ in Chicago

Jun 1, 2020 by

The district, the nation’s third largest, has given out more than 12.5 million meals since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of families will now have to look for another way to feed their kids after Chicago Public Schools suspended its meal distribution program “based on the evolving nature of activity across the city,” officials announced late Sunday night.

The district, the nation’s third largest, has given out more than 12.5 million meals since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through a food program that has been widely praised by parents who rely on schools as a primary food source. Of CPS’ 355,000 students, 271,000 come from low-income families and about 17,000 are homeless.

The decision to suspend the program was an abrupt change from a letter sent to parents earlier in the evening by CPS CEO Janice Jackson that said the district would continue to provide free meals for all students.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., the district posted on its social media accounts that “based on the evolving nature of activity across the city, we are suspending grab-and-go meal sites and all other school and administrative office activities tomorrow.” CPS said staff will work from home and remote learning will continue Monday.

In a letter to families, the district said the decision was made “in recognition of the potential challenges families and staff could face trying to reach school buildings and offices tomorrow.” CPS said it would monitor the situation and give an update on meal distribution Tuesday.

Source: CPS suspends food distribution program ‘based on the evolving nature of activity’ in Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times

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