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Amid pandemic, kids still relying on food aid

Behind the unemployment statistics are the children. Millions are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table.

As the economy began throttling back because of the epidemic, many public school districts shut down too. To their credit, officials in many of them seem to have determined their responsibility to children went beyond open classrooms. They kept preparing meals and finding ways to get the food to millions of families.

Other organizations, ranging from churches to social service groups, pitched in. Federal officials reacted by providing increased funding for school nutrition programs — and with grants to aid outside organizations helping with the initiative.

Schools may be reopening, and many children will be able to eat nutritious breakfasts and lunches there. But a significant number of parents are fearful of sending sons and daughters back to school and have opted for “distance learning” online. Those children still at home will need access to lunches too.

The COVID-19 epidemic is far from over in the United States. There may be some logic in discussing how much aid government can continue to provide to adults, but efforts to help children on many levels and through many organizations needs to continue.

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