(Ohio) – A number of hunger-fighting groups across the state are looking to Congress to extend funding to help keep children fed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Officials have explained that with roughly half of Ohio school districts beginning the fall semester either full or partially remote, it becomes more difficult for traditional school-based nutrition programs to reach kids in need. Groups are turning to Congres asking that waivers be extended to continue providing necessary nutrition to children.
More than 1,300 organizations have signed a letter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture extend several waivers through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Groups are also calling on Congress to further extend the Pandemic EBT program, which is designed to provide assistance for families to buy groceries when school isn’t’ in session.