On July 30, 2020, we heard from the Governor's office about the foundations of how schools in Minnesota will make decisions about which safe learning plan will be in place based on localized health data. As we gear up then for this school year, it will be important to eliminate as many complicated details as possible. School meals could be one of those complications, which is why we are asking for your support today to tell Congress how they can simplify one aspect of school this fall for families, children, and school districts across our country.
Last spring we were able to offer free meals to all families, based on flexibilities established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is the arm of our government that (heavily) regulates student meal programs. Thus far, they have decided to NOT offer the same flexibilities as they did last year,. Which, honestly, makes our heads spin with wondering how we will manage the paid, free, reduced meal status of students, while we have the possibility of going in and out of Hybrid, Face-to-Face, and Distance Learning models throughout the next year.
We are asking for your support and for you to take action by clicking on the link in the email below (you'll have to update the letter slightly if you are not school nutrition professional) and/or to sign this petition.
Every voice, every message makes a difference.
Thank you for your consideration,
Hopkins Student Nutrition Team