USDA offering free meals to students through 12/31
The USDA helped feed students through the summer by providing free meals to all students at distribution locations. Recently, they decided to continue the program until the end of the year or when funds run out.
The USDA wants to ensure children have access to nutritious food while the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extension was announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meal programs, and today, we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially,” said Secretary Perdue. “We appreciate the incredible efforts by our school foodservice professionals year in and year out, but this year we have an unprecedented situation. This extension of summer program authority will employ summer program sponsors to ensure meals are reaching all children – whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually – so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever-changing learning environments.”
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