Academy Encourages USDA to Collect COVID-19 Impact Data and Best Practices for School Nutrition Programs

07/13/2020 - School nutrition programs are an essential piece of the federal nutrition safety net to combat hunger.

The Academy supports efforts to better understand the short and long term implications from the COVID-19 school closures on the school nutrition programs, including impact on financial viability, future operations and student food security and health.

The Academy urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider making changes to its Child Nutrition Operations Study to capture information about current topics, including school closures, where limited data is currently available. Additionally, the Academy encourages USDA to document the impact of child nutrition waivers on program operations as well as best practices for future emergency preparedness.

Read the Academy's letter.