FRAC’s latest School Breakfast Scorecard found more low-income children received free or reduced-price school breakfast through the School Breakfast Program on an average day during September 2019 through February 2020.
Now, more children will be susceptible to hunger and losing ground academically due to school closures. Pandemic-related learning loss could widen academic achievement gaps for students of low-income households. School breakfast will be critical in helping combat childhood hunger and learning loss.
Resources for COVID-19
USDA Guidelines on Using Existing Authority to Implement SFSP and SSO Meal DeliveryQ&As from the USDA on the logistics of delivering meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) while using existing authority.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, created in March 2020, provides an EBT card with the value of free school breakfast, lunch, and a snack to make up for the free or reduced-price meals that children have missed due to schools that have closed or reduced their hours. For the millions of struggling families who have received P-EBT benefits — the program has offered a lifeline during unprecedented food insecurity and economic hardship.
Community eligibility election season is here! Community eligibility allows more than 32,000 high-poverty school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students on a 4-year cycle.
A recent “NCSEA On Location” podcast, sponsored by the National Child Support Enforcement Association, focused on how the child support program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work to address food insecurity within families. In general, child support refers to the ongoing payments made by one parent to another parent to provide financial support for a child.
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The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school or child care closures. In the American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, Congress extended P-EBT to any “covered summer period” that followed a school year when a public health emergency due to COVID-19 had been declared. The program will provide money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the summer meals gap left by the inability to access meals during the summer. This resource has answers to frequently asked questions regarding P-EBT during summer 2021.Read the report
This brief explains how states have provided vital food assistance for noncitizens with legal status who are not eligible for SNAP due to their immigration status.Read the Brief
Explore these graphics and share them on social media to show your network the importance of the Community Eligibility Provision.Read the report
- GuideExpanding Fruit and Vegetable Benefits in WIC: A Key Provision for WIC Participants and State Agencies
The American Rescue Plan includes a provision that expands access to fruits and vegetables for mothers and children participating in the Special Supplemental NutritionExplore the Guide
Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).