While approximately 124,000 schools are closed for classroom learning, 95% continue to remain open to provide emergency meal assistance for students during the pandemic. More than 30 million American children depend on school meals for a significant portion of their daily nutrition, whether school is in session or not.
As the economic climate worsens and unemployment rises, the pressure to feed our nation’s youth continues to escalate – and the approach of summer complicates things further.
In partnership with corporate supporters and school leaders nationwide, youth-wellness nonprofit GENYOUth created the “For Schools’ Sake” campaign. This campaign provides funding and resources for school communities coping with millions in unbudgeted expenses around school meals during the shutdown.
In GENYOUth’s new survey, Teens Coping with COVID-19, students reveal what they are feeling and needing right now around building resilience and dealing with the most life-altering global event they have ever experienced.
On Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 PM ET, the U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted an event, Partnering to Feed Students and Families During COVID-19, which brought together executives from a unique public-private partnership to discuss the urgent need for, and the impact of, GENYOUth’s “For Schools’ Sake” campaign.