School meals continue to be a lifeline for students and families, but unless Congress takes immediate action, the waivers that have enabled schools to serve nutritious meals will expire in a few short weeks; disrupting access to school meals for 30 million children across the country.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress granted authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue waivers for child nutrition programs across the country to continue to feed children. Despite economic hardships, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and school day structure changes, schools have helped fight off food and nutrition insecurity for millions of families thanks to these waivers.
We can’t let that happen! Recently, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators came together to introduce the “Support Kids Not Red Tape Act” which would extend the waiver authority for USDA through June 30, 2023 and ensure that children don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from and allow schools the time and flexibilities they need transition to the new normal.
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