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Continue Flexibility for Free School Meals

Schools need flexibility and support to continue making healthy meals available to all students.
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Tell your elected officials to extend child nutrition waivers

Over the past two years, our schools have continued to make sure students get the healthy food and nutrition they need despite challenges caused by the pandemic.  

Congress recently passed legislation (the Keep Kids Fed Act) that partially extended child nutrition waivers: for summer food programs, but not for school meals in the 2022-23 school year.

While the Keep Kids Fed Act modestly raised the reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch and provided some other resources, schools will have to go back to the tiered system of paid, reduced-price, and free school meals, despite the ongoing pandemic and the various disruptions it continues to cause.

We are asking Congress to FINISH THE JOB, and give USDA the authority to extend the school meals waivers into the 2022-23 school year to ensure that students have healthy food and schools have the resources they need.