The outbreak of COVID-19 is a public health crisis that has altered almost every aspect of our lives in just a matter of weeks. With schools and child care centers closed in response, millions of food-insecure students that rely on meals served at school and at enrichment programs have lost a sure source of food. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provide additional funding for critical nutrition programs that serve children, and give the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to grant states with more administrative flexibility.

As local agencies and community partners navigate this changing landscape, states must do their part to ensure families with low incomes can access nutrition assistance through the additional funding and waiver flexibilities provided to reduce child hunger in this pandemic. This fact sheet provides information about changes among federal programs that can be leveraged at the state level to increase access to nutrition services for children and their families.