AASA, NGA, AFT, and Others Urge Congress to Extend USDA's School Meals Waivers

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AASA, NGA, AFT, and Others Urge Congress to Extend USDA's School Meals Waivers

On August 19, 2020, AASA, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Governors Association, and 30 other organizations sent a letter to Congress requesting that language, which would extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) School nutrition waivers until June 30, 2021, be included as part of the next COVID-19 Economic relief package.
 
As we have highlighted before, the Area Eligibility, non-congregate Sumer Food Service Program, and Seamless Summer Option Waivers will expire on August 31, 2020. For districts that are still establishing what “school” will look like next year or choosing to conduct remote learning, the expiration of these waivers will force superintendents and community partners to certify students for free, reduced-price, or full-price meals. For superintendents, school nutrition directors, and other operators of the federal school meals programs, the consequences of this policy decision will force some foodservice operators to turn away hungry students and create a logistical nightmare for our leaders by further stretching strained school foodservice staffing capacities.
 
AASA was proud to join this allied effort and work to get a common-sense fix to this issue. You can check out the full letter by clicking here. Looking ahead, AASA will continue to elevate the voices of superintendents on our COVID-19 school nutrition-related priorities for the Dept. of Agriculture and on Capitol Hill.
 

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