Your Activism is Needed!

Good Afternoon ESP Leaders and Advocates,

I encourage you to share with your colleagues and other ESP members, particularly food service members, these two opportunities for activism. The first is the looming expiration of the pandemic child nutrition waivers that would mean the end of free school meals for all kids, flexibility to serve in different learning modes, and the higher reimbursement rates that have helped schools deal with rising food prices – we need to keep pushing Congress to extend USDA’s authority to grant the waivers for longer as the pandemic is still ongoing: https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/action-center/take-action/continue-flexibility-free-school-meals

The other is commenting from their own experience on USDA’s new rule on the heathy guidelines for school meals – which is a bridge to take school meals from current partial implementation to more full implementation of the healthy guidelines: https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/action-center/take-action/support-healthy-school-meal-standards