March 13, 2020
Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) is committed to continuing the operation of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which encompasses meals provided in child care centers, child care provider homes and afterschool programs.
• USDA has approved the Ohio Department of Education to allow the flexibility for schools to serve non-congregate meals during unanticipated school closures related to the coronavirus. Details here on ODE’s website.
• The CACFP has no provisions to allow for emergency feeding.
• Should a school not be able to provide meals, CHA has applied to ODE to become an approved emergency food provider in locations where 50% or more of the children qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.
CHA staff will be available to assist schools and other community partners in any way possible to provide food access for children during closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.