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USDA extends free meals for kids for entire school year

15 October 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is fully extending school meal waivers through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, giving schools in Virginia and across the country the flexibility they need to fully serve students whether they’re attending school virtually or in person.

According to a statement from the USDA, this unprecedented move is part of the department’s commitment to ensuring all children across the country have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA previously extended child nutrition waivers through December 2020 based upon available funding at the time. The flexibilities extended will allow schools and other local program operators to continue to leverage the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide no cost meals to all children, available at over 90,000 sites across the country, through June 30, 2021.

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