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Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures
Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures
Clarke Community Schools
Friday, March 27, 2020

Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

Thursday, March 26, 2020

DES MOINES – In an effort to ease the burden on Iowa families and get food out to the students who need it at this critical time, the Iowa Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through the Summer Food Service Program during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Effective immediately, children do not have to be present when caregivers pick up meals at Iowa’s 303 approved Grab and Go meal sites.

“First and foremost, we want to ensure the health and safety of Iowa’s students,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “We want to get healthy meals into the hands of students while minimizing the potential exposure to COVID-19. We understand that it isn’t practical for all children to accompany their parents and caregivers at meal sites.”

Under the new USDA guidance, children do not need to be present at the meal sites. Parents and caregivers will be asked to share the school name where each child attends, if they are of school age.