D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the District to provide free meals for poor children on days when schools are closed for snow or other inclement weather.
Under Cheh’s proposal, the Department of Parks and Recreation would be responsible for ensuring that meals are available to kids, with rec centers in low-income neighborhoods serving as distribution points.
Approximately 70 percent of the city’s public school students receive federally subsidized free or reduced-price meals, including breakfast and lunch. When schools close for snow, many of those children don’t have access to healthy food, according to anti-hunger activists.
“This year, D.C. Public Schools have been closed for six snow days,” Cheh said. “Through this bill, the District can ensure that these children do not go hungry on snow days next winter.”