As students return to classrooms — or return to distance learning — the school lunch program is operating under unprecedented uncertainty, which is set to trickle down to commodities such as dairy and produce that rely on the lunch trays to carry a good portion of their demand.
With schools across the country struggling to reopen, the Agriculture Department will let them continue serving meals to all students at no charge until the end of the year or until the available funding runs out.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will extend several school lunch and nutrition program waivers already in effect into the new school year, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue announced Thursday in a release.
A meeting of the government’s dietary guidelines advisers has been moved online and schools are being offered flexibility in feeding low-income kids as the Agriculture Department tries to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.
A Trump administration plan to reduce the amount of fruit and some vegetables such as carrots that schools must serve to kids has alarmed nutrition advocates, many lawmakers and two former agriculture secretaries.