Every year we brace for bitter cold and snowy weather, many kids eagerly await announcements of school closings. For some, school closings for a “snow day” means a break from studies and more time to spend with friends and family.
But many kids don’t wait eagerly for that snow day.
Just like during summer and winter breaks, many kids in southwestern Pennsylvania neighborhoods wish school was not cancelled.
Why? Because they get to eat. Free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches provide vital nutrition for kids during the week, which helps ensure families have enough food to eat at home on slim household budgets. School meals complement SNAP (formerly food stamps) and hunger-relief programs provided by organizations like Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. These meals help low-income families stretch their dollars throughout the month and allow resources to be spent on other important aspects of daily life such as rent, utilities and transportation costs.