Food crisis deepens as Puerto Rico school cafeterias shutter

  • Angel Ruiz shows his empty freezer at his home where he and his wife Ivelisse Rios are having a hard time feeding their two children while schools, and their cafeterias, are closed to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The local Department of Education has offloaded food to nonprofit organizations and a food bank to distribute to children, but activists, teachers and a federally appointed control board say it’s not enough and it’s not reaching those most in need. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government is refusing to open school cafeterias amid coronavirus health concerns and has not tapped into millions of federal dollars set aside for the island even as a growing number of unemployed parents struggle to feed their children in a U.S. territory where nearly 70% of public school students are poor.

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