USDA extends summer meal waivers through the end of September

The USDA waivers will be in place through Sept. 30, 2021.
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended its summer meal waivers through Sept. 30, 2021. 

The USDA waivers allow schools to waive meal pattern requirements and serve meals to all children under 18 at no charge. The waivers also enable meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times, and allow parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children. 

This is the third pandemic-related extension of the waivers, which were set to expire at the end of June


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