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USDA Approves Waiver for California Meal Service During School Closures


Schools closed as a result of COVID-19 will be allowed to serve meals to children of low- income families providing that they are served in other than group settings.  The waiver was announced on March 9th and will continue through June 30th. 


Brandon Lipps, Deputy Undersecretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services stated, “USDA stands with the people of California as a part of a Federal-wide coordinated response.” He added “the flexibility provided by the waiver as approved will help ensure that our children get wholesome meals, safeguarding their health in times of need”.