Poligon Endorsed the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act

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Poligon has endorsed the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act would allow all children to access breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snack programs either in school or through “grab and go” and delivery options. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) and co-led by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-02), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05).

Under the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act: 

  • All students will temporarily be made eligible for free school meals during the 2020-2021 school year through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
    • Due to the flexibility granted to USDA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, free school meals will be available to students during remote learning through “grab and go” or meal delivery; All school districts, including those operating off-site services, can serve all children without having to certify the eligibility of each individual child. 
  • Anywhere in the country, schools and non-profit community partners can operate meal services, including off-site, under the Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) and the Summer Seamless Option (SSO), where they can serve all children without having to certify the eligibility of each individual child. 
  • Anywhere in the country, schools and non-profit community partners will be able to serve afterschool meals and snacks, under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Program or the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program, without having to certify the eligibility of each individual child. 

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