The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that the free meal program for Pennsylvania students has been extended until the end of the school year.
Nicole Fuschino spoke with local school administrators to see how it will affect their students.
School officials from Windber area and Westmont Hilltop school districts say this extension won’t just help the kids but their families as well.
Last week the USDA announced schools can provide free meals to all students until June 30th, 2021.
They say from March through August of this year Pennsylvania schools provided more than 25 million meals to children in need, and now, that can continue.
The Westmont Hilltop High School principal says this extension will benefit all students no matter if their families are struggling due to the pandemic or not.
“To take that burden off families right now, to know that that’s something that’s just being taken care of, is a benefit for all students and all families.”
In Pennsylvania, nearly 630 thousand children face food insecurity, the USDA says.
The Windber Area School District superintendent says the food will provide the physical nourishment students need, in order to learn, during this uncertain time.
“It is an awesome thing. It takes one of the stresses for families out as far as these difficult times, an extra expense to worry about.”
First Lady Frances Wolf advocated for this move saying organizers have been.
“We are working to ensure that all children have access to nutritious meals as we continue to navigate a global health crisis and its subsequent economic effects.”
And helping the students who may need it most.
“It creates that sense of community too, knowing that that’s one thing that’s just taken care of for our kiddos.”