STATEMENT: Share Our Strength's Lisa Davis on USDA's Extension of Area Eligibility Waivers



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WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an extension of nationwide waivers of the area eligibility requirement for open summer meals sites, ensuring that schools that have been serving meals to kids during the coronavirus pandemic can continue serving free meals to all children – regardless of where they live – for the remainder of the summer. The following is a statement from Share Our Strength's Senior Vice President Lisa Davis:

"USDA’s nationwide waiver of area eligibility requirements means school nutrition and emergency food assistance staff who are working tirelessly to feed kids across the nation can continue to provide meals to low-income children in all communities. This is particularly important given the staggering increase in food insecurity among families with children resulting from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Share Our Strength applauds the USDA for taking this action to empower schools and community organizations on the frontlines to better reach kids in need.”


About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 4 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.