US Senator Chuck Schumer has announced that the bipartisan Keep Kids Fed Act has been signed into law. This bill will extend child nutrition waivers that help give funding and flexibility to schools, daycare centers, nonprofits and other meal providers that will help them continue providing free means to students during the summer.
“No child should ever go hungry, and now schools will have the funding and flexibility needed to ensure kids stay healthy and fed this summer. Over 800,000 New York students and millions of children across the country depend on these waivers for daily meals, and this bill gives our schools the support they need to continue to provide free nutritious meals and the flexibility they need to operate amidst the ongoing supply chain challenges,” said Senator Schumer.
The child nutrition waivers were set to expire this week on June 30th if the act was not signed into law.
A recent survey by USDA shows that 90% of school districts food programs are dependent on the waivers to offer free meals.