Last week has been full of highs and lows.

It started on Tuesday with good news from the USDA, which announced extending several essential child nutrition waivers through the 2021-2022 school year. This is welcome news for students and schools alike. These waivers are essential in reaching more kids and families with the nutrition they may need, but they are equally important for schools and community organizations. Having these in place now gives them time to plan proactively and budget for next year. It also allows schools to alert families in advance about the meals available and increase stability to the supply chain that supports local economies. We have a detailed look at what these waivers will mean for schools. We were also quoted in the Washington Post’s story about these waivers; read it here.


On Wednesday, our nation witnessed an important moment as a jury in Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. While there was some relief in the verdict, it was just a moment. At least three times in the past two weeks, we have seen instances of racial profiling repeated with the degradation and humiliation of U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Caron Nazario; and loss of life for Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, a 13-year old boy. There is no simple solution to systemic racism or the inhumane brutality that killed George Floyd. But we will get there together, sharing all of our strengths. Please read our full statement:


Thank you for being there through the good times and bad. Your support for our work and this community means the world to us.