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Benita Gingerella

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Benita is an editor for FoodService Director and has been with the publication since 2016. In addition to covering various sectors of the noncommercial industry, Benita is also responsible for several of the magazine's most beloved sections, including Steal This Idea and The Line. In her spare time, Benita is an avid restaurant-goer and loves to travel extensively.

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Operations

USDA issues new nationwide waivers allowing additional meal program flexibility during COVID-19

The USDA says the waivers will help provide meals to more students while also maintaining the safety of school nutrition staff and families.

Operations

Ind. extends school building closures

All K-12 school buildings will remain closed until May 1 due to COVID-19.

It will provide additional funding for food assistance programs such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program.

FSD editors discuss how school closures are impacting the state of school meals.

The survey showed that 1,211 respondents were either engaged in emergency meal and food assistance or were developing plans to feed students during coronavirus-related school closures.

The comment period has been extended by 30 days and will now end on April 22.

The meals will be delivered to students in rural areas who don’t have access to a Summer Food Service Program meal site.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will provide $1 billion in funding to food programs such as SNAP.

K-12 operators are working to set up meal sites so students affected by COVID-19-related closures don’t miss out on meals.

The escalation of the coronavirus pandemic has caused foodservice departments to make some changes.

The Pandemic EBT Act would apply to families with children attending schools that are closed for at least five consecutive days.

In a letter to the USDA, the association recommends steps such as waiving requirements for congregate feeding to allow grab-and-go service.

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