PA Dept of Education Receives Waiver To Give Free Meals To Children

Rachel Kalas
March 30, 2020 - 6:42 pm

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced Monday that schools will be able to provide free meals to all children during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The PDE received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make sure all children have access to food. 

 “Schools and community organizations can now use recent and local economic data, including unemployment claims and business closures, to request approval from PDE to qualify as an open meal site,” Vonda Ramp, PDE state director for Child Nutrition Programs, said in a statement. “Once approved, they can provide meals to all children in their community, age 18 and under, for free.”


Local education agencies (LEAs) can begin to apply to PDE for a waiver effective immediately. The department will expedite reviews and approvals. 

For more information, visit the Department of Education’s website

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