USDA extends summer meal program for providing nutritious food to children

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, allowing summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months.

This move will help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meal programs, and today, we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.