Mountain State Spotlight – In late July, Mountain State Spotlight reported on a variety of gaps in the feeding programs aimed at making sure kids across the state got adequate food. Asked about the story, Justice said if there were gaps, the state would do what was needed to fill them. Read full article.
But when school resumed in September, there were even fewer food pick-up sites in some counties. Some schools consolidated feeding sites to one location with a short pick-up window in the middle of a work day, and summer feeding programs faded out.
“This is a matter of priorities, and the governor standing up for kids without privilege,” said Seth DiStefano, policy outreach director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. “It takes a lot of privilege to come and protest about not being able to play sports. Hungry kids and their parents don’t have that option.”
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