June 05, 2020

Mass. Delegation Seeks Two-Month Extension of Meals Waiver

Ninety-five school districts and community organizations in Massachusetts will need to close sites providing free meals to children during the COVID-19 pandemic unless the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends a waiver set to expire on June 30, according to members of the state's Congressional delegation.

"We urge you to swiftly extend the area eligibility program waivers for Massachusetts and other states through August 31, 2020, to ensure continuity of meals throughout the summer," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the federal agency.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received a USDA waiver in March to allow more school districts and community groups to provide free meals to children, with facilitators able to be fully reimbursed for meals in areas where fewer than 50% of children received free or reduced price lunches.  

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By:  Michael P. Norton
Source: WBUR