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July 15, 2020

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Sara N. Bleich, PhD, Contributor

Sara N. Bleich is a professor of public health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sara served as a White House Fellow (2015–2016), where she was a senior policy advisor to the … See Full Bio
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Guru Rao
July 16, 2020

I found a lot of information after reading your article. Thanks to the moderator of this site for writing such a beautiful article.

July 15, 2020

Thanks Dr. Bleich, for weighing in on the side of increased SNAP benefits and increasing reimbursement for school meals. In my school district, the schools continued to offer free meals to students, usually by pickup. I believe a school bus was used to deliver meals to some stops in rural parts of the county because it was difficult for some parents or children to travel to the school to pick up meals. In addition, years ago, teachers at one school began a “backpack” program to send home some food so children would have something to eat over the weekend. School districts should be supported by state & the federal gov’ts for working so hard to make sure students have something to eat, particularly when school budgets are so tight (they are in this school district). Support in the form of additional funding for these extra efforts, it would only be returning tax dollars to areas that need them to help provide basic needs.

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