If teachers do strike, what about kids on free/reduced meals?

Some notes are bouncing around the PTA Council, and an important thread has developed – if the teachers do decide to strike, what do we do about the families that depend on free/reduced meals? Below is a message from Mary Davis:

I have been thinking about the strike and how students can still get meals. I am contacting ISBE to find out how activities need to be presented so we can offer breakfast and lunch and/or snack.

I do not have a list of PTA Presidents. Would you please send this to all and cc me?

Thank you,

Mary Davis, CDM, CFPP
Food Service Director
Office: 217-351-3852
Fax: 217-373-1247



4 Responses to “If teachers do strike, what about kids on free/reduced meals?”

  1. pattsi Says:

    If Chicago can solve this issue, certainly Champaign can also. Chicago arranged to feed those children on

  2. pattsi Says:

    oop, the message posted before completed–free and reduced meals.

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    True, but they still have to be planned, don’t they?

    Only a fraction of the 350,000 elementary, middle school and high school students affected by the strike have been using 147 schools manned by principals and non-union staff who have provided meals and activities for part of the day.

    About 80 percent of Chicago public school students qualify for free meals due to low family incomes. Churches, community centers and park facilities also have tried to provide help.


    School officials said they will open more than 140 schools between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. so children can eat lunch and breakfast in a district where many students receive free meals. The district asked community organizations to provide additional programs for students, and a number of churches, libraries and other groups plan to offer day camps and other activities. But it’s not clear how many families will send their children to the added programs.


  4. pattsi Says:

    Planning absolutely–my main thought is that we have a prime model of Chicago to build upon for the planning.

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