Scott to Visit School Meal Distribution Site As Congress Expands Schools’ Ability to Distribute School Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic

September 25, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday, September 28th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will visit a school meal distribution site for Hampton City Schools. This visit comes after House Democrats negotiated a government funding bill that extended and expanded the Pandemic EBT program, which prevented at least 2.7 million children from going hungry in the first week after it was implemented last spring. The bill also extends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to continue offering school districts greater flexibility through the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, schools will have the flexibility to continue operating summer meal programs during the school year, and schools can setup meal sites in more accessible locations without requiring students and families to fill out paperwork to receive meals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered several parallel crises for communities and industries across this country, but few are as urgent as the current child hunger crisis. Despite the two substantial COVID-19 relief packages that Congress passed in the early weeks of the pandemic, as many as 17 million children went hungry this summer. Allowing these emergency measures to expire would be disastrous for struggling families.  

WHO:

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03);

WHAT:

WHERE:

 

Visit to Hampton City Schools meal distribution site

George P. Phenix School

1061 Big Bethel Road, Hampton 23666

WHEN:

MONDAY, September 28, 2020 at 4 p.m.

 

RSVP:  Press interested in attending should email Austin Barbera at austin.barbera@mail.house.gov

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