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CPS Suspends Food Distribution Program ‘Based on The Evolving Nature of Activity’ in Chicago

Thousands of families will now have to look for another way to feed their kids after Chicago Public Schools suspended its meal distribution program “based on the evolving nature of activity across the city,” officials announced late Sunday night.

The district, the nation’s third largest, has given out more than 12.5 million meals since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through a food program that has been widely praised by parents who rely on schools as a primary food source. Of CPS’ 355,000 students, 271,000 come from low-income families and about 17,000 are homeless.

The decision to suspend the program was an abrupt change from a letter sent to parents earlier in the evening by CPS CEO Janice Jackson that said the district would continue to provide free meals for all students.

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