Trump Cites Child Nutrition as a Top Reason for Re-Opening Schools; Advocates Point Out That Administration Tried to Cut School Meals


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President Trump Repeatedly Cites Child Nutrition as a Top Reason for Re-Opening Schools


Hunger Advocates Point Out That Trump/Pence Administration Tried to Cut School Meals
Advocates Call Trump Statements “Child Hunger Ultra-Chutzpah”

In his Covid-19 briefing today, President Trump repeatedly claimed that one of the top reasons that K-12 schools need to open this fall is to ensure that children get school meals and to reduce their food insecurity. Yet the Trump Administration has previously tried to take away half a million school lunches from hungry kids as well as SNAP nutrition benefits for millions of families with children.

In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said:

“I am glad President Trump is citing the importance of school meals, but troubled that he might be using them as an excuse to override all other public health concerns. Moreover, I must note that his Administration has consistently sought to decrease the ability of children to obtain school meals and other federally-funded nutrition assistance. It’s the height of child hunger ultra-chutzpah for an administration that has worked to take food away from hungry children to say kids should be sent back to potentially dangerous schools just to avoid child hunger. 

If the Trump Administration really wanted to ensure improved child nutrition – whether or not kids go back to school quickly this fall – it should drop its opposition to the Heroes Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May and which would provide more than $16 billion worth of nutrition assistance to families with children.”