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Apr 06, 2020
Luis Guardia

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a twin threat to public health and the American economy. It is creating significant challenges for 37 million people across the country who are living in food-insecure households and for untold others who are on the brink of poverty, which is the root cause of hunger. Social distancing, decreased work opportunities, and school, child care, and senior center closures are exacerbating the struggles of families that were already wondering how they will put their next meal on the table, and do not have the resources to stockpile food during this crisis.

Mar 10, 2020

The COVID-19 virus presents particular challenges for low-income people. To ensure those who lack resources to stockpile food and other basic necessities, and who rely on school breakfast and lunch to help feed their children nutritious food, administrators and legislators should consider adapting Disaster SNAP and disaster provisions of other federal nutrition programs to provide nutrition resources for low-income consumers and to make up for disrupted school meals service; suspending implementation of rules changes that weaken SNAP benefits and enrollment; and increasing SNAP benefit amounts to bolster the program’s countercyclical impacts.

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  • Guide

    FRAC has created this guide to share the options available to school districts and community partners to serve meals, answer commonly asked questions, and share best practices.

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  • Interactive Data Tool

    A list of state website responding to covid-19 and school meal sites.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued the first set of nationwide child nutrition program waivers based on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The three nationwide waivers will support Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and programs in maintaining access to nutritious meals for children in the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act creates the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, an important opportunity to provide nutritional resources to families who are losing access to free or reduced-price school meals as school across the country close in response to COVID-19. This resource provides information on the program and helpful information for implementation, including helpful resources.

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