Philly councilwoman wants food program for school students on snow days

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For some kids in Philadelphia, a snow day can mean going hungry.

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says children depend on the public schools for vital nourishment and being away from class four days in a row caused major problems.

“So kids that get breakfast, kids that get lunch, kids that get snacks at school if schools are closed they won’t get food,” Blackwell said. “So we want to create some program, in other cities they open schools even if they are formally closed.”

Blackwell said that where there’s a will, there’s a way — even if the streets are clogged with snow and the schools are closed because administrators don’t think everyone can get to class safely.

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“I think that we have enough well-meaning people, and when it comes to homelessness and feeding people there are so many that do it and I’ve worked with  so many of them over the years,” she said.

Council members will discuss plans to implement the snow day meals program at an upcoming hearing.

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