URGENT - Take action NOW to Prevent Student Hunger This Summer

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Dear Washington State PTA member,

Washington was the first state in the country to face widespread school closures because of COVID-19, and OSPI acted fast by submitting many critical waiver requests to USDA to help ensure no child would go hungry. With so many families facing new financial challenges, school meals have kept many from food insecurity.

Though USDA has extended several waivers through this summer, USDA has not yet granted OSPI an extension of Washington’s area eligibility waiver, that would allow nonprofits and school districts to continue providing meals to all students. Time is running out! Without this waiver, it is especially difficult for schools and communities to plan for Summer Meals and ensure kids don’t go hungry this summer.

Please contact your elected legislators through this action alert, asking them to

sign a letter of support by Monday June 1, to ask USDA Secretary Perdue to extend this critical waiver.

You can also take it a step further by asking your school board and local elected officials to send the letter. The letter can be found at https://forms.gle/gVYTsKVeJ1uUi1qBA.

Sincerely,

Nancy Chamberlain, WSPTA Federal Legislative Chair


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