The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a decision to extend school meal waivers to support children facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis.
The announcement from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue comes following a letter from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and all nine Democratic members of the House from Pennsylvania urging Perdue to immediately implement all school meal flexibilities nationwide to provide meal services to families through the 2020-21 school year.
“I am pleased to see the USDA has decided that they will extend school meal waivers and additional nutrition assistance. Making sure that our families and children have access to nutritious meals is so important for the success of our community and our commonwealth,” Fitzpatrick said. “Food insecurity is unacceptable, especially during a global pandemic. No one should go hungry in the United States, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to work towards food security for all Americans.”