As most Governors have issued a statewide closure of schools it has resulted in a not-so-obvious side effect. Students who would normally be receiving lunches at school are no longer.
School districts still have a responsibility to provide meals to their students and to accomplish this, many states have joined the growing list of states grated federal waivers allowing them to provide food to students outside of a group setting in the event of school closures specific to coronavirus precautions.
School districts are partnering with meal prep companies to provide their students with meals during this time.
Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Nutrition Services manages the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) which is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. On most state’s Department of Education websites, they list their School Nutrition Programs Specialist Directory that administers the meal and milk programs offered at public and private nonprofit schools and residential child care institutions.
The list provides you with the name, number and email address of direct points of contact to speak to them about providing your meals to students.
This is an opportunity for meal prep operators to grow their business and help their communities.
As a company, we are grateful to have such a strong, positive, and resolute network that we can depend on. So, first and foremost, thank you for being part of our community. If you are going through any specific challenges, or just need someone to talk to or bounce ideas off of, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We are confident these times will pass and our community will grow stronger together.