We know that there have been many questions on how to ensure that children have the nutrition they need during school closures related to COVID-19. The first step is making sure that child nutrition program operators have the flexibility to serve meals outside of the group or “congregate” settings usually required. We applaud Secretary Perdue and the US Department of Agriculture for taking that first step by announcing proactive flexibilities on Tuesday. The “presumptive yes” to requests for waivers from the congregate meal requirement, as indicated in Secretary Perdue’s remarks to Congress, will be helpful in supporting states, schools, and community organizations as they make plans for responding to school closures triggered by COVID-19. This will help program operators to meet the needs of students while minimizing community spread of the coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
No Kid Hungry Pennsylvania has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to support breakfast programs at 33 schools across the commonwealth. Some of these grants have been generously provided by our corporate partner, Amazon. Check out the schools who received funding in the latest round of No Kid Hungry breakfast grants HERE.
No Kid Hungry released the 2019 Hunger Innovation Report, examining attitudes toward innovation and documenting bold ideas that are working to connect more kids with healthy meals.
Through a national survey, No Kid Hungry heard from nearly 200 food banks, school districts, local governments and private companies. It found that innovation is working across all nutrition programs – from school breakfast to summer meals, SNAP, WIC, food pantries and nutrition education. The report illustrates this work through twelve case studies from across the country.
Along with the report, No Kid Hungry announced six national Innovation Acceleration Awards, recognizing organizations and entrepreneurs who are making No Kid Hungry a reality through innovative practices and programs. You can read about all six winners here on our blog.