According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 12 million students live in a household where there isn’t enough food to eat. To combat this, the USDA is extending several waivers to allow students ages 18 and under to receive free meals nationwide until September 30, 2021. Adults with mental and physical disabilities are also eligible to receive free meals under the extended USDA waivers.

Regardless of income, the waivers provide the following:

Meals served through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) (collectively known as “summer meal programs”) will be available in all areas at no cost

Meals can be served outside of the commonly required group settings and meal times

Parents and guardians can pick-up meals for their children, and they are also allowed to pick-up meals in bulk to cover multiple days of feeding children

If you want to learn more about how the program operates, how to sponsor meals, or locate meal sites, visit

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