September 18, 2020 Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf Sends Letter to Federal Government Urging for the Continuation of Child Nutrition Programs First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release The letter received bipartisan support from 17 other first spouses across the countryFirst Lady Frances Wolf and 17 other First Spouses and Partners sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congressional Leadership, urging both federal entities to continue to work together to further extend and fully fund child nutrition program operations throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. The letter was also signed by:First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CaliforniaFirst Gentleman Marlon Reis, ColoradoFirst Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, DelawareFirst Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, HawaiiFirst Lady MK Pritzker, IllinoisFirst Gentleman Dr. Ted Daughety, KansasFirst Lady Britainy Beshear, KentuckyFirst Lady Lauren Baker, MassachusettsFirst Lady Gwen Walz, MinnesotaFirst Lady Lisa Bullock, MontanaFirst Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, New JerseyFirst Lady Kristin Cooper, North CarolinaFirst Gentleman Andy Moffit, Rhode IslandFirst Lady Pamela Northam, VirginiaFirst Lady Trudi Inslee, WashingtonFirst Lady Kathy Evers, WisconsinFirst Lady Jennie Gordon, WyomingTogether, the signatories represent over 30 million children across the country.“Hunger is not a partisan issue; it is everyone’s issue. When we look at how many other state leaders were willing to put their names on the dotted line, we get a glimpse of how many other children and families are struggling to get food,” stated First Lady Wolf. “We understand that the parties we have written to have taken steps to continue these feeding programs, and we thank them for their effort. However, as we cannot see the end of the pandemic, when families financial situations will be back to normal, or when our education system will stabilize, it is imperative that we plan to assist our residents for as long as we can.”In late August, the USDA announced the extension of nationwide waivers that allow schools and community partners to continue serving meals to all children at no charge until the available funding runs out, or as late as December 31, 2020.While the actions of the USDA throughout the pandemic, including this most recent motion, have helped tremendously with feeding children and families across the nation, recent food insecurity statistics remain alarming. According to Feeding America research, more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity this year, marking a 46 percent increase in general food insecurity rates and a 64 percent increase in child food insecurity rates compared to pre-COVID-19 statistics.Without Congressional action, the USDA’s authority to extend school feeding waivers and other crucial feeding programs will sunset on September 30, 2020, leaving families, schools, and community partners without the tools and resources they need to feed kids during this pandemic.Share Our Strength, an organization that works to end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad through campaigns like No Kid Hungry, has also been advocating for the extension of these critical waivers alongside more than 1,300 national and state-based organizations working to feed children and their families.“Schools and community organizations need child nutrition waivers extended through the end of the academic year so they can plan and prepare their meal programs. And, with anywhere from 14 million to 17 million children not getting the food they need because of the pandemic, kids need the certainty of a nutritious meal,” says Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. “Our nation’s First Spouses and Partners, who are fierce champions for children in their states, understand the scope of the hunger crisis this pandemic has caused in their communities. They know that extending child nutrition waivers through the entire 2020-2021 school year is critical to getting our nation back on the path to ending hunger.”View the full text of the letter to Sec. Perdue and the USDA.View the full text of the letter to Congressional Leadership. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident his best-laid transfer plans will come off over the summer – and joked there will always be room for Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane should he ever leave Real Madrid. Spurs have produced some progress under the Argentinian coach this season, reaching the final of the Capital One Cup where they lost to Chelsea. However, the north London club failed to sustain a challenge for the top four in the Barclays Premier League, and are currently sixth heading into the final three games which continue at Stoke on Saturday. Press Association Pochettino believes the 25-year-old can become a major player at the Bernabeu once he has fully acclimatised. “If he is not comfortable in Madrid, we keep his place warm back here. We are open for him!” the Spurs manager joked. “It is, of course, not easy when you arrive at a huge club like Real Madrid, and the way they play. “Gareth Bale has the quality to make a success, he just needs time. “When (Zinedine) Zidane went to Real Madrid, the first season was very difficult for him, with a lot of critics. He needed time to adapt. “The cultures are very different between England and Spain. It is very difficult for English players to arrive in Spain, there is a Siesta, you eat later. “It is better when you come from Spain to England, when you go there, you need one or two seasons to adapt. “I think here it is better to develop your passion in your job as a player or manager, but in Spain, for the weather, for the culture, it is difficult to adapt when you come from England. He just needs time.” Pochettino, who took charge following an impressive spell at Southampton, is confident Spurs’ scouting work will pay dividends in the summer. “We have worked very hard in the last six months to identify our targets, to have a clear idea and picture, we analyse and assess all the situations to deliver in the summer,” said Pochettino, who must resolve the futures of fringe players such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Aaron Lennon. “You know you do not have much time to decide, the holidays are coming and we need to be ready to take the decisions. “We have three games left and when we have finished the season, then in this moment we can explain our plan.” Pochettino added: “We have a plan and we have a target, but the most important thing is we have to deliver and move forward.” Pressed on transfer speculation which also include goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Pochettino added: “This is not the moment to explain the individual cases, or rumours about different players.” Bale joined Real Madrid from Spurs for a world-record £85.3million in 2013. The Wales international, however, has gone through a testing campaign in Spain, with his agent hitting back at comments from television pundit Roy Keane criticising the winger’s performance in Madrid’s midweek Champions League defeat to Juventus.
Three years ago, Saeed Khan declared that product management has always been agile.Today, his stance has only become more rooted. Agile development was just starting to gain mainstream traction at the time he posted his declaration in an article. Khan couldn’t help but notice the similarities and overlapping qualities between agile development and product management. Here are some of his examples:Product management at most companies is typically led by a single driving force; one individual to carry the product management load. And in agile, individuals and interfacing is given preference over tools and processes (according to the Agile Manifesto). Score one for Khan’s case.Working software is given more weight than documentation in product management. As Khan points out, every product manager is focused on creating a working release. And agile is no different. That’s two.For more on why product management has always been agile, read the full article by Khan.Related content from OpenView:Recently, the OpenView team sat down with Khan to get his take on product management and other outlying topics. To get the scoop on our interview with Khan, read this article.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis