School meals authorized at no cost in Federal disaster areas

By Jennifer Dorsett

(jennifer.dorsett@texasagriculture.gov via dynect.net)

AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced today that he has requested and received authorization from the federal government to allow schools in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to provide meals to students for an entire month at no cost to their families for the entire month of September. Additionally, Commissioner Miller has directed that students displaced by the storm to locations elsewhere in Texas will also qualify for school meals at no cost.

“While Texas families recover from this historic storm, the last thing they need to worry about is how to pay for a school meal for their child,” Commissioner Miller said. “The Texas Depart. of Agriculture is working with our partners at USDA and schools throughout the affected areas to make sure children get the food they need, when they need it.”

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Food and Nutrition staff requested a waiver from USDA’s Food & Nutrition Services for meal service times, meal pattern requirements and the authorization for schools to provide meals to children in disaster areas at no cost through the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs. The waiver was approved by USDA on Aug. 29.

Due to Commissioner Miller’s leadership, more than 1.3 million students in the 18 counties under the presidential disaster declaration related to Hurricane Harvey are now…

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