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Free School Meals for Kids extended through December 31, 2020

Melanie Wong | Sep 1, 202002:31 AM    

One piece of good news on Monday . . . under pressure from Congress and child hunger advocates, the USDA reversed itself to extend free meals for children through year-end. While this does not cover the entire school year, it's a positive move for now to address the child hunger crisis. The Federal school lunch program is the country's largest nutrition assistance program, after SNAP (aka food stamps). Parents should now check with their children's schools for distribution information.

" . . . USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of nationwide waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes:

• Allowing SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
• Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
• Waiving meal pattern requirements as necessary; and
• Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children. . . "

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

(Washington, DC, August 31, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend...

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