AASA Urges USDA to Issue Broad Waivers to Provide Administrative Flexibilities Under the School Meals Programs

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AASA Urges USDA to Issue Broad Waivers to Provide Administrative Flexibilities Under the School Meals Programs

Yesterday, March 25, 2020, AASA joined 51 organizations in sending a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture, requesting that the agency issue additional nationwide waivers to ensure access to meals during the COVID-19 pandemic and ease the administrative burden on school districts and state child nutrition agencies.
 
This move comes in response to USDA's failure to use newly authorized authority to waive the area eligibility requirement, reimburse all meals at the free rate, ensure parents can pick up meals without a child being present, extend the community eligibility provision deadlines, and issue-specific guidance on how school nutritional professionals can stay safe while feeding students. You can check out the letter by clicking here
 
Moving forward, AASA will continue to advocate for additional administrative flexibilities to ensure school system leaders can continue serving students nutritious meals. Stay tuned to get the latest updates on this continuously evolving issue.
 

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