The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a broad range of flexibilities to allow school meal programs and child care institutions across the country to return to serving healthy meals in fall 2021. Several meal service flexibilities that enable social distancing are now extended through June 30, 2022.
“Students’ success in the classroom goes hand in hand with their ability to access basic needs like healthy and nutritious meals,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “This program will ensure more students, regardless of their educational setting, can access free, healthy meals as more schools reopen their doors for in-person learning.”
USDA will continue to offer targeted meal pattern flexibility and technical assistance as needed. In addition, schools and child care institutions can continue providing breakfasts, lunches, and after-school snacks in non-group settings at flexible meal times.
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