No Kid Hungry Virtual Rural Child Hunger Summit Resources

View recorded webinars from No Kid Hungry’s Virtual Rural Child Hunger Summit (3/31/2020). The webinars include Opening Remarks + COVID-19 Update; Racial Equity and Community Resilience in Food Systems, Policy, and Program Delivery; Power of Native Youth: Creating Solutions to Hunger Issues and Addressing COVID-19; Healthcare’s Role in Feeding Hungry Children During a Public Health Emergency; and Embracing Community Perspectives and cultures in Program Design and Delivery. Each webinar features discussion of addressing food-insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis.

Opening Remarks + COVID-19 Update
Gay Anderson, Child Nutrition Director, Brandon Valley School District & SNA National President.
Jeremy Everett, Founder and Executive Director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
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Racial Equity and Community Resilience in Food Systems, Policy, and Program Delivery

Dr. Monica White, Author and Associate Professor, Environmental Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marlysa D. Gamblin, Domestic Policy Advisor, Racial and Gender Divides, Bread for the World Institute
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Power of Native Youth: Creating Solutions to Hunger Issues and Addressing COVID-19

Colby Duren, Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas

Robert Baldy, Community Garden Manager, Klamath-Trinity Resource Conservation District
Ellise David, Growing Tribal Farms Program Coordinator, Oregon State University Extension
Lucas Humblet, Seed Regeneration Supervisor, Dream of Wild Health
Watch Recording
Healthcare’s Role in Feeding Hungry Children During a Public Health Emergency

Jason Gromley, Director, Advocacy & Government Relations, Share Our Strength

Lynn Knox, Statewide Health Care Liaison, Oregon Food Bank
Danielle LaFleur, Community Outreach Coordinator, Saint Joseph Health System
Maria Welch, Innovations Program Manager, Geisinger
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Embracing Community Perspectives and Cultures in Program Design and Delivery

Nonie Woolf, Chair, FAST Blackfeet

Rev. William Kearney, Research Associate & Community Outreach Manager, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Suzanne Stluka, Associate Director, Montana State University Extension
Taylor Miller, Director, Western Tidewater Community Produce Hub, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Watch Recording

USDA COVID-19 “Summer” Meal Program Map Up and Running

To find details about schools offering meals for local children and students during the COVID-19 crisis, please visit .

By entering a specific address, the map will show all locations offering meal services within a specified mile radius. By clicking on any blue dot on the resulting map, one will see the name of the location. By clicking the arrow next to the name, one can find specific details regarding meal service for the location.

In addition, one can text “FOOD” to 877-877 to receive nearby meal service location information from

FAQs Update for COVID-19 School Nutrition Programs

No Kid Hungry has updated a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to school-nutrition programs, including the following:

1.    Can we serve meals through the child nutrition programs outside of the usual group (“congregate”) settings to allow for social distancing? 
2.    Are all of the child nutrition programs available to serve kids during unanticipated school and child care closures?
3.    Do children have to be present to receive a meal, or can parents or guardians pick up meals on behalf of their children? 
4.    Do we still have to offer supervised enrichment programming in order to serve meals through the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals?
5.    Do area eligibility restrictions still apply to SFSP, SSO, CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals, and NSLP Area-Eligible Afterschool Snacks?
6.    Do meal service time restrictions still apply? Can I provide more than one meal at the same or provide meals for multiple days at the same time?
7.    Can states submit waivers for other requirements?
8.    Should states wait for the USDA to make blanket national waivers?
9.    Can schools or sponsoring organizations take action to request or implement waivers on their own?
10.    Will schools or sponsoring organizations eventually have to submit waiver requests to their states?
11.    Who exactly can operate meal programs during school and care closures due the coronavirus?
12.    Does this apply to charter or private school closures, and could private and charter schools operate the program?
13.    Can new school food authorities or sponsoring organizations be approved to operate child nutrition programs and utilize these flexibilities?
14.    Can new sites be approved? Or can only current CACFP sites or past SFSP or SSO sites be utilized?
15.    In addition to breakfast and lunch through SBP and NSLP, my school used to serve supper through CACFP At-Risk Afterschool and/or snacks through CACFP At-Risk Afterschool or NSLP Afterschool Snacks. Can we continue to do so in addition to serving breakfast and lunch through SFSP or SSO?
16.    Where can these programs operate? 
17.    Is there any flexibility on the meal pattern requirements, especially with issues related to supply and availability?
18.    Is there any flexibility on procurement requirements to help us source food from other vendors that may have what we need?
19.    What other program requirements will continue to apply? 
20.    What if a school or school district was scheduled to be on spring break but is now closed? Can meals still be served through the SFSP or SSO?
21.    When can meals be served?
22.    What options are available for non-congregate meal service?
23.    My state or area is under a “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order that limits all but essential services. Can we still prepare and distribute meals? Can families still come to pick them up at distribution points, or do they have to be delivered to homes?
24.    What is Pandemic-EBT authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R 6201)? 
25.    If my state implements P-EBT, will my school or sponsoring organization still be able to serve non-congregate meals?
26.    Is P-EBT available to children who are affected by child care closures?

Guidance is found in the document below: (Source)

USDA Allowing Alabama Schools to Feed Students During Emergency Closures

The United States Department of Agriculture will allow schools across Alabama to continue feeding students during the state-mandated coronavirus closures.

Congressman Robert Aderholt tweeted Sunday that USDA approved a waiver of a provision in the National School Lunch Act to allow the schools to continue feeding students.

Aderholt said the waiver is in effect immediately and lasts until June 30.