On October 9, the USDA announced that it will be extending child nutrition waivers until the end of the academic year (June 30, 2021). The extended child nutrition waivers include allowing schools and community partners to provide meals through summer feeding programs, allowing non-congregate meals, and extending area eligibility to allow all children to receive free meals.
Specifically, the waivers:
- Allow Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
- Permit meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times;
- Waive meal pattern requirements, as necessary; and
- Allow parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.
Details from the USDA can be found here.
By the way, the announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Mt. Wolf, York County; Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf has been an active and vocal advocate for extending these waivers. We want to thank her and the Governor for their support!
The Governor’s press release can be found here.
For some perspective, from March through August of this year, Pennsylvania schools provided more than 25 million meals to children in need.
Thank you for all you did to make this happen!