School food waivers must be extended to provide school meals to all students during the pandemic.
In a letter penned to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 45 California lawmakers are seeking extended flexibility from federal lawmakers to continue feeding millions of students free meals via essential waivers.
With advocacy leadership from the Center for Ecoliteracy, The Office of Kat Taylor, and NextGen California, the letter has been signed by more than a third of California’s state legislature, calling specifically to:
- continue providing school meals to all students during the pandemic;
- make it easier for school districts to provide after school meals and snacks; and
- extend relevant waivers so any participating school can continue to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.