In 2020, Congress gave USDA authority to issue child nutrition waivers, which permitted districts to serve meals to all students at no cost, also known as universal school meals. Having access to free meals at school helps alleviate the burden for thousands of families facing food insecurity.
But families stand to lose that access to school meals free of charge very soon when the federally funded program, universal school meals, expire on June 30. If Congress doesn’t take action, state policymakers have the opportunity to step up to extend programs locally.
Below are excerpts from three opinion-editorials authored by state community leaders who explain the importance of state policymakers taking action to support school meals for all at no charge