WCS meals

Anna Miller, Amy Jahns and Rebecca Buckner prepare meals for the summer school programs, which are free until June 30.

WCS meals

WATAUGA — Watauga County Schools is preparing for a school year where students will no longer have access to free breakfast and lunch.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture passed waivers nationwide that allowed schools to serve breakfast and lunch to students without collecting payment. That waiver expires on June 30, meaning parents will have to again apply for free or reduced lunch for their children.

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More great work from the Republicans. Because who cares about hungry kids when you've got poor fossil fuel and weapon manufacturer execs that need new private yachts!

Even our own Virginia Foxx gets worked-up over the prospect of feeding hungry kids:

"Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), the highest-ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, said in a statement to POLITICO late Monday she has “serious concerns” about continuing to offer meals to all students given the waning impact of the pandemic. (In the House, school meal programs fall under the Education Committee, in the Senate, they fall under the Agriculture Committee)

“For some time, I have pushed all stakeholders involved to prepare to return to normal operation and respect that taxpayers’ unprecedented support of these programs over the last two years cannot be unlimited,” Foxx said in a statement.

Two Democratic aides told POLITICO that it was Foxx who initially proposed nixing the waivers as the committees worked on omnibus language."


Foxx is a national disgrace and a reprehensible embarrassment to our entire community.

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