'My kids deserve to eat': Wisconsin officials fail to get food aid to thousands of poor children bit.ly/321kLla
Wisconsin has failed to send food assistance to tens of thousands of poor children who are supposed to be getting extra help because they have been learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Under a federal program created last spring, the families of students who qualify for subsidized meals in Wisconsin schools are supposed to receive $6.82 to cover food for every day their children are not in school buildings and are instead learning virtually.
Tens of thousands of students haven't gotten their benefits because the Department of Public Instruction didn't collect the addresses of all students. It also has not determined whether 500 schools are holding classes virtually—even though the state promised to do so months ago.
Sherrie Tussler of Milwaukee's @hungertaskforce said she was frustrated state officials hadn't done more in recent months to make sure they got the aid to as many families as quickly as possible.

"Why did we wake up one day and realize we didn't have addresses?" she asked.

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