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With schools shuttered across the country due to the novel coronavirus, policymakers, district leaders, and food service professionals across the nation have displayed awe-inspiring action and innovation to ensure children weather the storm safely at home and have enough food to eat.
In recent weeks, many districts have put in place grab-and-go breakfast and lunch feeding programs in shuttered cafeterias, parking lots, and other central locations where families can pick up packaged meals to get them through the day. This is possible due to the federal government’s loosened restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing districts to enact federally funded summer meal programs. Before the crisis hit, around 30 million American children received no- or low-cost meals at school through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Now, the demand is likely even higher.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 on March 18. Read FRAC’s statement calling for a more comprehensive stimulus package in response.
A federal judge issued an injunction on March 13 blocking the Trump administration from implementing a rule change that would force nearly 700,000 Americans off of SNAP. The rule change was set to take effect April 1.
Check this page for updates on efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the health, well-being and food security of low-income people.
FRAC encourages advocates to urge state agencies to apply for child nutrition waivers as needed, and to contact your Members of Congress with specific and broad requests for inclusion in any stimulus package.
For the 37 million people living in households that struggle against hunger, COVID-19 presents unique challenges. As more schools, child care centers, and older adult meal sites close, additional families will lose access to the federal nutrition and food programs that improve their nutrition, health, and well-being. This page includes resources for best practices in relation to federal nutrition programs and COVID-19.
Federal Nutrition Programs: Response to COVID-19
Meals During School and Child Care Closings
Coronavirus is Closing Schools. Here’s What it Means for Millions of Kids Who Rely on School Meals
“If a child is facing a two-week school closure, it would be great if USDA not only waives the congregate feeding requirement but also allows schools to say, ‘Here’s 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches that you can take with you and help carry you through.’ That would go a long way, because in situations like this, it’s always the low-income people who get hurt first,” said Crystal FitzSimons, FRAC’s director of school and out-of-school time programs.
COVID-19 Emergency Support
Goodr has introduced an emergency one time pick-up request option for businesses looking to donate surplus food to a local non-profit. While Goodr is not a nonprofit, we are a B-corp that supports a massive non-profit network. All food donations are tax deductible.
If you don’t have food to donate, supporters can help by sponsoring a pickup for food donors unable to pay for pick-ups. This allows us to pay drivers at this critical time to safely pick up and deliver items directly to people in need.
Atlanta Public School (APS) social workers have helped us identify families in need. We will purchase and deliver groceries to them starting Tuesday (3/17). Families range in size from two to eight children. We anticipate spending $25 per child, providing families with meats, cereals, fruit and vegetables, bread as well as beverages. You can sponsor any amount here on our website using this link.
We also are allowing people to purchase pick-up orders at Kroger. Goodr will pick up orders and deliver them to families. If you choose this option, please email us your receipt and pick up time. Our email is [email protected] Our zip code is 30312.
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COVID-19 has thrust school custodial teams into a front-line battle with infection control and forced leadership to quickly develop and implement processes to address this global pandemic locally. To support school custodial leadership during this critical time, Healthy Green Schools & Colleges is offering a series of free webinars featuring the lived experiences of our Committee members who have deployed rapid responses to operationalize the CDC’s guidance and to answer your
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19:
“Feeding children who are affected by school closures is a top priority for President Trump and this Administration. USDA is working with private sector partners to deliver boxes of food to children in rural America who are affected by school closures,” said Secretary Perdue. “Right now, USDA and local providers are utilizing a range of innovative feeding programs to ensure children are practicing social distancing but are still receiving healthy and nutritious food. This whole of America approach to tackling the coronavirus leverages private sector ingenuity with the exact same federal financing as the Summer Food Service Program. USDA has already taken swift action to ensure children are fed in the event of school closures, and we continue to waive restrictions and expand flexibilities across our programs.”
“We are grateful to come alongside USDA, PepsiCo, and McLane Global to ensure that children impacted by school closures get access to nutritious food regardless of where they live. We know from first-hand experience that families with children who live in rural communities across the U.S. are often unable to access the existing food sites. Meal delivery is critical for children in rural America to have consistent access to food when school is out. This is one way we, as citizens of this great nation, can respond to our neighbors in need,” said Jeremy Everett, Executive Director, Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.
Healthy Schools Campaign is closely monitoring the news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), which was declared a national emergency by the White House and a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As an escalating number of cases are confirmed across the US, schools are evaluating how best to prevent the spread of disease and protect students and staff. It’s no longer a question of if coronavirus will affect schools, but how.
The health and safety of students needs to be our top priority.
As Coronavirus Closes Schools, USDA Offers Limited Help to Kids Who Rely on School Meals | Civil Eats
Schools in three states so far have closed to try to prevent exposure to COVID-19. School lunch groups are asking USDA to ensure students get access to meals.
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Can We Stop Kids From Being Shamed Over School Lunch Debt? | Civil Eats
School lunches carry a small price tag, but for low-income families the cost can add up—and despite efforts to stop lunch shaming, some schools punish children who can’t pay.
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