Bloco de Esquerda wants to expand the provision of meals for students who do not benefit from the school’s social action and whose families are suffering from economic difficulties due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The proposal for the Left Bloc, to which the PUBLIC had access, also recommends that the government encourage the distribution of meals from school canteens in a take-away regime that includes all schools, including vocational and artistic training, and the elementary school network privileges 1st cycle schools and kindergartens as distribution points.
In the diploma, the party argues that “the pandemic has changed family organization and exposed children to social risks such as poor nutrition, which public policy must fight against without being restricted by bureaucratic criteria”.
Since schools are closed to most students (with the exception of children under the age of 12, whose parents are key professionals such as nurses, police officers, housekeepers, and repair and maintenance technicians), the block notes that the apparent “risk of worsening learning inequalities “Exists in the Distance Learning is enhanced by the economic needs of the families of students who have depended on meals prepared in school.
Despite the fact that some schools are currently open to the distribution of meals to pupils in need, BE is calling for the measure to be extended to pupils who do not benefit from the Social Action School and who need it for socio-economic reasons, similar to the first detention this support. “The uncertainty about the duration of the personal education disruption and the exacerbation of the economic and social crisis force us to recognize and improve the limits of the solution found for the distribution of meals to ensure that the greatest possible number of Families have access to this support ”, writes the deputy blocker Alexandra Vieira, who signs the draft resolution.
BE argues that it is necessary to recognize and universalize the “minimum standards for the distribution of school meals in the different cycles of compulsory education and domestically” in order to ensure that after the respective decisions no “inequalities” arise between school or each community.
The party notes that the data available suggest that the number of meals families attend school is significantly less than the number of Grade A and B students who typically use the school cafeteria. But it’s not because they don’t have to. One of the reasons, according to BE, is that the distribution takes place in only one school per group, “which makes it difficult for families further away”. “On the other hand, families who obey civil liability and due to the fact that transport is decreasing, choose not to use the meals they are entitled to, which overburdens the solidarity drive,” added MEP Alexandra Vieira.