(WTXL) — The USDA just announced that all kids, no matter where they live or their family's income level, will be able to get free meals for the rest of the summer.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a new waiver to keep America's children fed over the summer.
That waiver allows local partners to continue serving free meals to all children, regardless of where they live, for the remainder of the summer.
The waiver is a part of area eligibility, which means all children in all areas can receive free meals through USDA’s summer meals programs, like Florida's Breakspot Program. Typically, USDA funded summer meals sites are limited to low income areas.
“As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. We are extending one of the significant flexibilities provided in March during the coronavirus national emergency to schools, summer sites, and other folks who operate our programs so they can best adapt to the situation on-the-ground and serve our children well,” said Secretary Perdue. “This nationwide flexibility ensures America’s kids will continue to be fed this summer.”
To learn more about your state's specific program and find locations to pick up food, visit www.fns.usda.gov/coronavirus.