More school meal waivers have been extended to the end of the year

Written by: Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera
Date Posted: September 4, 2020

Free school meals will be made more widely available to students across Colorado through the end of this calendar year! Earlier this week, the USDA announced they would extend essential school meal waivers to December 31st. This change has come about due to the hard work of lawmakers and school leaders who recognize the significance of school meals as an essential nutritional resource for Colorado families 

How will the extensions work?  

This move will allow the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Options to continue to operate through December 31, 2020. As a result, many schools will now be relieved of longer administrative processes to discern which kids are eligible for free meals.  Although this is likely to increase access to these benefits, it is important to note that the extension relies on the USDA having adequate funding until the end of the year. It is uncertain whether this funding will remain available throughout this time.  

In the coming weeks and months, you can expect to hear more about whether or not the USDA will need more resources from Congress to continue to allow the programs the flexibility that they have been granted. In the meantime, help ensure that all eligible Colorado children have access to healthy meals by sharing the links below: 

https://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/summerfoodserviceprogram 

https://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutriemergencyfeeding 

 

Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

About Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

Jacqueline Nkhonjera is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports strategic advocacy and communications tactics. This includes digital and print communications as well as community outreach and engagement. Before coming to the Children’s Campaign, Jacqueline worked as a public policy fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, and as a journalist at the National Public Radio (NPR) Education Desk. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2020 with a degree in Political Science.