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Wishing Our Prince George’s Students and Families a Healthy and Nutritious New School Year!

As students settle into their home-bound classrooms this week, many families are breathing a sigh of relief that school meals are up and running at distribution points throughout the County. While school nutrition meal services look a little different this fall, the County is continuing to operate breakfast, lunch, and some supper programs to keep students fed, even while school buildings remain closed.

As families continue to face the economic and health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, food and nutrition services and assistance programs remain a vital resource for Prince Georgian’s students and families. While County providers have been working hard to provide meals and groceries to those in need, rising food insecurity rates calls for an increase in safety net services, like school meal programs and services such as P-EBT, which provides money to both SNAP and non-SNAP households in which children received free and reduced lunch, and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows all students in low-income areas to receive free breakfast and lunch without individual applications.

This fall, we urge our County to consider the many policies and practices that can help reduce childhood food insecurity and keep our students growing and learning throughout these challenging times.

For a more in-depth read on the value of school meals in addressing the pandemic and systemic racism, please read this recent article co-written by FEC’s Co-Chair, Chloë Waterman. 
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