USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SS) waivers through as late as December 31, 2020, dependent on available funding. The move allows schools to offer meals to all children at no charge this fall to minimize the challenges of meal service during a pandemic. SNA is continuing to advocate for these waivers to be extended through School Year 2020-2021.
The announcement came less than one week after SNA's Board of Directors hosted a call with USDA officials to share urgent feedback from schools that have seen dramatic declines in student lunch participation in the opening weeks of schools, leaving meal programs in dire financial circumstances. Read more in SNA's press release.
SNA President Reggie Ross, SNS, was quoted in USDA's press release saying, "School Nutrition Association greatly appreciates USDA addressing the critical challenges shared by our members serving students on the frontlines these first weeks of school. These waivers will allow school nutrition professionals to focus on nourishing hungry children for success, rather than scrambling to process paperwork and verify eligibility in the midst of a pandemic. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with USDA to ensure school meal programs are equipped to meet the future needs of America's students.
SNA will share further details at www.SchoolNutrition.org as they become available.