USDA Announces Extension For Summer Meals Programs
TRENTON, NJ (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive free nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through Sept. 30, 2021.
“We want everyone to know these meals are available to every child in New Jersey,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “The extension of these waivers for the summer feeding programs will allow this essential need to be met for all students.”
Summer meal sites are places where children and youth, age 18 and under, can receive meals at no cost in a safe environment. The meals are also available to persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities. Sites may be located in a variety of settings including schools, parks, community centers, libraries, churches and more.
The locations, dates and times the meals are provided by participating schools who operate open sites can be found at http://bit.ly/3l3FLRa. Non-profit, non-school organizations providing meals can also be found with that link.
The USDA is extending these waivers to provide local program operators with clarity and certainty for the summer months ahead, when many children cannot access the school meals they depend on during the academic year.