Pandemic Meal Service – By the Numbers
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The Urban School Food Alliance remains focused on helping to ensure students have reliable and consistent access to nutritious meals, and we are supporting our member districts as they transition their regular operations to meet the needs of this time of crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in our country, we are also committed to supporting our broader community and those who are helping to connect kids and their families to the food they need. We are sharing these resources with the hope that they will be helpful to community organizations and schools across the country. New resources will be added to this page as they become available.
- USDA | USDA FNS Response to COVID-19
- School Nutrition Association | SNA Member Resources: Coronavirus Disease
- No Kid Hungry | COVID-19 Child Nutrition Resources
- Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy | Serving Students During the Coronavirus: Best Practices
- Urban School Food Alliance | COVID-19 Response Best Practices For Meal Service
- Urban Institute | Strategies and Challenges in Feeding Out-of-School Students
- Kaiser Permanente | Playbook for School Reopening
- Friends of the Earth | Healthier school food is key to fighting COVID-19 and systemic racism
- Urban School Food Alliance | Universal free meals explanation and benefits
- UnidosUS | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources (English and Spanish)
- UnidosUS | Explaining COVID-19 Relief for Latino Families (English and Spanish)
- Rockefeller Foundation | Coronavirus and Food Access: Four Questions Every Community Needs to Answer
- CDC | Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations (Multiple Languages)
- GovTech | A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders
- Pilot Light | Family Meals
In the News
On Saturday, June 25, 2022, the President signed into law the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, which extends certain flexibilities for child nutrition programs and provides temporary increases in reimbursement rates for school meals and meals provided at child care centers....
The Urban School Food Alliance shares in the frustration and disappointment with other advocacy groups that Congress neglected, through the omnibus, to include the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to extend the waivers needed to help children and families as...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Food for school lunches has become the newest item facing shortages after supply chain issues related to the pandemic. The shortage is affecting schools across the country, along with schools in eastern Iowa like the Anamosa Community...
The New York Times: No Veggies, No Buns, Few Forks: Schools Scramble to Feed Students Amid Shortages
WASHINGTON — School officials in a Missouri city have been making twice-weekly runs to Sam’s Club to stock up on frozen pizzas and hot dogs. A Kansas school district ran out of vegetables for two days last month. And a district in St. Paul, Minn., has an emergency...
Schools are struggling to provide meals to students across the country due to product shortfalls, delivery delays, and labor shortages, the crisis has drawn national attention because many low income children get the majority of their nutrition from school-provided...
The Urban School Food Alliance commends the Chairman Scott and the House Education and Labor Committee for investing in the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children
The Urban School Food Alliance would like to thank the House Education and Labor Committee, and particularly Chairman Bobby Scott, for the historic investment they have proposed in improving child nutrition programs. Taking action to expand community eligibility and...
Dear Mr. Secretary: The Urban School Food Alliance, representing many of the largest school food authorities in the nation, sincerely appreciates the action you took on August 31 to extend several school food program waivers through December 31, 2020. The Alliance...