Dear Colonial Parents and Guardians,
It’s time to put the Power of WE in motion! A federal waiver that permits the Colonial School District along with others across the country to provide meals to students at NO cost to you, along with the Summer Feeding and After School Snack Programs are ABOUT TO EXPIRE unless there is congressional action. This means many of our 10,000 students will either have to pay for their meals or return to filling out benefit forms. WE need you to join the nation-wide effort to convince our congressional leaders to vote to extend meal waivers!
Please click the links below because ALL America’s children need to be provided nutrition meals at school at no cost.
Use your voice! Contact your legislators to urge support for H.R. 6613, Keeping School Meals Flexible Act. The Keeping School Meals Flexible Act would extend the expiration date for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to establish, grant or extend child nutrition waivers through the upcoming school year, ending on June 30, 2023.
Without USDA authority to extend the waivers, they will expire in June 2022.
Introduced in House (02/04/2022)
Keeping School Meals Flexible Act
This bill extends authority through June 30, 2023, for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to waive certain requirements for the school meal programs to address COVID-19.
The bill extends the authority for USDA to
- issue a single waiver of child nutrition program requirements to all states under the National School Lunch Program for purposes of providing meals and snacks with appropriate safety measures with respect to COVID-19;
- grant waivers of requirements to allow non-congregate feeding in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for purposes of providing meals and snacks with appropriate safety measures with respect to COVID-19; and
- grant waivers related to the nutritional content of meals served in child nutrition programs if it determines the waiver is necessary to provide meals and snacks, and there is a food supply chain disruption due to COVID-19.
WE can and must work together to continue our student feeding programs at no cost. Please let your voice be heard, and share this email with other families in Delaware and across the country!