We need your help to extend enhanced flexibility and funding for school lunch programs

Throughout the pandemic, school districts have continued to ensure students across the state have access to nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and sometimes even dinners. Meals have been served in classrooms, central pick-up locations, and even delivered to students’ front doors. School leaders recognize that first and foremost, students need proper nourishment in order to be productive learners. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided districts much flexibility to allow them to flexibly feed all students, in a wide range of settings. As a result of this flexibility and guaranteed federal funding, school districts have noted great success in feeding their students. However, these allowances are slated to expire after June 30, 2022.

On June 10th, NYSSBA sent a letter to the state’s Congressional delegation requesting immediate action to extend the federal school meal waiver. This would extend the USDA’s nationwide waiver authority to enable children to maintain continued access to nutrition programs as families, schools, after school and summer programs, and childcare providers recover from and respond to the economic, health, and educational fallout from the pandemic.
Please contact Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to help us to continue school meals for all of our children in Tupper Lake. 

Senator Charles E. Schumer

322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax:  (202) 228-3027


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

478 Russell
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4451
Fax: (202) 228-4977


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2324
Fax: (518) 561-2408

https://www.nyssba.org/advocacy-legislation/school-nutrition/ Source: New York State School Boards Association