Since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, USDA has been working tirelessly with states and local authorities to ensure schools and other program operators are empowered to continue feeding children. School nutrition programming remains a crucial support to students and families by providing meal services in normal and uncertain times. Districts should build on the experiences of the spring school closures in 2020 to form strategies on how to ensure continuity of meal services through new and evolving contexts.
USDA intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve our program participants across our nutrition programs. We have already begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.