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Rosemary salmon quinoa bowl. Photo: Munchery

Munchery, an eight-year-old San Francisco meal delivery startup, announced its shutdown on Monday, becoming the latest to succumb to the harsh realities of the business.

The bigger picture: A number of companies have attempted to cook and deliver their own meals (or meal kits), but most have shuttered or struggled.

Some of the startups that have attempted to cook and deliver meals, and shut down:

Meanwhile, some meal kit startups like Plated and Home Chef sold to large grocers as a way to survive. Presumably, this enables them to tap into their parent companies' supply chains and lager customer reach.

The bottom line: Shuttling meals from restaurants to customers' doors is no easy business (as a slew of companies are finding out), but preparing food and getting it to customers comes with a whole host of additional challenges — often much more than startups can handle.

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Why it matters: The longer American kids miss in-person schooling, the further they fall behind. But the uncertain state of the science on the role young children play in the pandemic continues to complicate efforts to reopen schools.

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Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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