Kansas City schools still need help feeding students
Schools across Kansas City were able to provide meals for thousands of children during the pandemic, but districts fear that federal help will end soon. Plus, how early pandemic layoffs in Missouri’s Department of Social Services impacted the care of abused and neglected children.
Kansas City Public Schools serve over 10,000 lunches each day. When the pandemic struck and schools shifted to online learning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved waivers that let schools better feed students. But that pandemic aid is set expire soon after Congress failed to include an extension in its latest spending bill. KCUR's Jodi Fortino reports on how this could affect kids across Kansas City.
In 2020, Missouri’s Department of Social Services laid off 200 of its Children’s Division employees. Two years later, the department is still dealing with staffing shortages and overworked personnel. Jackson County CASA president Angie Blumel spoke about the effects on KCUR's Up To Date.
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