Snow days cause some St. Louis kids to go hungry

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The forecast called for freezing rain on Monday morning. School administrators had to make the call again this winter to close school. They've lost so many days to bad weather already.

School closings are a blow to thousands of children who need to go to school to survive. They count on school for two meals every day. Some of them will hang near Kingshighway and Natural Bridge to beg for money to buy something to eat. Some of them may not eat at all.

"When there's a snow day kids have to go outside and hustle all day," a teenager named Quita said. We found her and two of her friends on Kingshighway. They usually have a lot of company.

"They're out here trying to get something to eat," Trayvon said.

He's got several friends who do just that.

"It's hard. Most people don't want to give kids money because they think they're going to spend it on something else like weed," he said.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said 85 percent of children in St. Louis Public Schools get free and reduced lunches.

"They have nowhere to go when the schools are closed," Nasheed said. "It's appalling at the end of the day. Those children are starving and they are hungry and we have no place to feed them."

We called several social service agencies in St. Louis including, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and United Way. Two out of the three told us there were no non profits feeding children who had to be off school because of snow days. We didn't hear back from United Way.

Sen. Nasheed said churches could step up to fill the hunger gap and schools should have food pantries.

She said it's going to require a community, instead of a government fix to the problem.


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