Parents need help paying for food, not preparing it

As a mom of school-age kids, I’ve had a lot of conversations about and first-hand experience with the challenges created by the recent school closings and the transition to distance learning.

What I don’t hear are complaints about the challenge of making kids a meal when they’re hungry. In fact, it seems like people are cooking at home now more than ever. Parents are even cooking with their kids, to which the smiling posts on social media testify daily.

This isn’t just my observation. A recent Morning Consult poll asked parents how concerned they are about a variety of issues. Parents ranked “making up for free or reduced meals at home” lowest among the listed concerns, with less than a quarter responding that they were “very concerned.”

That doesn’t mean people aren’t facing financial difficulties. It doesn’t negate the fact that plenty of families were already living at or under

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