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Extend school meal program waivers

Sign on letter opportunity due Friday (September 18).

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is asking organizations to sign on to a letter urging the USDA to extend meal program waivers through June 30, 2021. Please see the message below for more information.

Sign On to Urge USDA to Extend Meal Program Waivers Through June 30, 2021

On August 31, USDA extended several key waivers which allow the continued operation of the Summer Nutrition Programs through December 31, 2020. While this is an important first step, it is critical that USDA extends these waivers through June 30, 2021. 

Schools and community sponsors need consistency and time in order to effectively plan and implement meal service. Requiring school nutrition directors and community sponsors to switch from one program to another on January 1st will only result in confusion for families, as well as disruptions to meal access at a time when child hunger continues to grow. 

Join the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), along with the Afterschool Alliance, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, the School Nutrition Association, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and YMCA of the USA, in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act before September 30th and extend critical nationwide child nutrition program waivers through the rest of the school year.

This sign-on letter for national, state, and local organizations, including schools and sponsors, reiterates the requests made by over 1,300 national, state, and local organizations in a letter sent to USDA on August 11, 2020. 

Use this form to add your organization to this letter by Friday, September 18, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.