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Rural School Lunches Provide a Lifeline During the Pandemic

by Katie Peikes 

In rural areas, people have to travel far to get groceries and other essential items. And lately, a lot of household and food items have been hard to come by. With kids learning from home, parents have their hands full, but families can often count on their local school districts to provide two meals a day for their kids.  Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Katie Peikes tagged along on a school meal delivery in southwest Iowa.

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Meanwhile, officials with Kansas City Public Schools have suspended the district's free meal distribution program for students. They did so Monday, after a food service worker helping with the program tested positive for COVID-19.  Officials have given no timeline for when the free meal program might resume.  School officials suggested families go to the Harvesters Community Food Network website to locate food pantries and mobile distribution sites. 

Katie Peikes reports for Harvest Public Media and Iowa Public Radio. Follow her on Twitter @katiepeikes.

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