We Need Your Voice!

Since the School Closure order on March 13, 2020 school districts have had the opportunity to provide students meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). These programs are set to expire at the Beginning of the 20-21 School Year or on August 31, 2020, whichever comes first.

 

If the waivers are not extended, students and families who depend on these services will no longer be eligible, will have limited access and may begin accruing debt on the account associated with their reduced lunch. In addition, without the extension of the waivers, district will no longer have the option of providing food for the weekend.

How To Help

Follow the Instructions Below to Contact Each Respective Representative or Department. Fill in your School District and Representatives names. Please use your correct contact information so they can identify you as a constituent. We have prioritized the list, so please start with #1. Senator Bob Casey. Please encourage others to do the same.

 

Here is our list:

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Pat Toomey

Your Member of Congress

Governor Tom Wolf

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

1. Contact U.S. Senator Bob Casey - Click Here
A. Fill Out Your Contact Information
B. Select 'Children and Youth' under Message Topic
C. Copy and Paste Letter Into Comments Field
D. Click Submit

Re: Extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Waivers

 

Dear Senator Casey,

Thank you so much for all your support and assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am writing specifically to bring to your attention the expiration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). These programs are set to expire on August 31, 2020 or the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

I am writing to request that the waivers be extended for the following programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in order to address the food insecurity needs within the <<School District Name>> School District.

 

According to the most recent guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition, “As of June 25, 2020, USDA has indicated that SSO and SFSP may no longer operate once schools reopen (Virtually or In-Person) for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, eligibility determination must resume back to normal determination. Likewise, meal counting and claiming must also resume back to normal point of service meal counts by student eligibility.”

 

Within the <<School District Name>> School District, these programs have served as a lifeline for students and families experiencing food insecurity as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the waivers are not extended, students and families who depend on these services will no longer be eligible, will have limited access and may begin accruing debt on the account associated with their reduced lunch. In addition, without the extension of the waivers, we will no longer be able to provide food for the weekend.

 

While our School District is working to understand in-house solutions, it is crucial to get these waivers be reauthorized allowing us to:

• Distribute food from different locations

• Distribute food to any student

• Provide students with easy access to food without requiring a personalized pin code associated with their meal account, potentially acquiring debt

• Provide food for the weekends

• Allow the <<School District Name>> School District to be reimbursed, or at least, in the interim, not get penalized for serving food.

 

Thank you so much for your attention to this pressing and urgent matter. We greatly appreciate all of your

efforts to support your constituents during these unprecedented times.

 
2. Contact U.S. Senator Pat Toomey - Click Here
A. Fill Out Your Contact Information
B. Select "Education" under 'Topic'
C. Enter "School Lunch Program Waivers" into 'Message Subject'
D. Copy and Paste Letter Into 'Message' Field
E. Click 'I'm not a Robot' 
F. Click 'Submit'

Re: Extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Waivers

 

Dear Senator Toomey,

Thank you so much for all your support and assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am writing specifically to bring to your attention the expiration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). These programs are set to expire on August 31, 2020 or the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

I am writing to request that the waivers be extended for the following programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in order to address the food insecurity needs within the <<School District Name>> School District.

 

According to the most recent guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition, “As of June 25, 2020, USDA has indicated that SSO and SFSP may no longer operate once schools reopen (Virtually or In-Person) for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, eligibility determination must resume back to normal determination. Likewise, meal counting and claiming must also resume back to normal point of service meal counts by student eligibility.”

 

Within the <<School District Name>> School District, these programs have served as a lifeline for students and families experiencing food insecurity as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the waivers are not extended, students and families who depend on these services will no longer be eligible, will have limited access and may begin accruing debt on the account associated with their reduced lunch. In addition, without the extension of the waivers, we will no longer be able to provide food for the weekend.

 

While our School District is working to understand in-house solutions, it is crucial to get these waivers be reauthorized allowing us to:

• Distribute food from different locations

• Distribute food to any student

• Provide students with easy access to food without requiring a personalized pin code associated with their meal account, potentially acquiring debt

• Provide food for the weekends

• Allow the <<School District Name>> School District to be reimbursed, or at least, in the interim, not get penalized for serving food.

 

Thank you so much for your attention to this pressing and urgent matter. We greatly appreciate all of your

efforts to support your constituents during these unprecedented times.

 
3. Contact  Your U.S. Representative - Click Here
A. Locate their Online Contact Form
B. Enter Zip + 4 (Full Zip Code Finder)
C. Fill Out Your Contact Information
D. Select "Education" under 'Issue'
E. Select "No, I would just like you to know my thoughts"
F. Enter "School Lunch Program Waivers" into 'Subject'
G. Copy and Paste Letter Into 'Message' Field
H. Click 'I'm not a Robot' 
I. Click 'Submit'

Re: Extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Waivers

 

Dear Representative <<Insert Representatives Name>>,

Thank you so much for all your support and assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am writing specifically to bring to your attention the expiration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). These programs are set to expire on August 31, 2020 or the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

I am writing to request that the waivers be extended for the following programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in order to address the food insecurity needs within the <<School District Name>> School District.

 

According to the most recent guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition, “As of June 25, 2020, USDA has indicated that SSO and SFSP may no longer operate once schools reopen (Virtually or In-Person) for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, eligibility determination must resume back to normal determination. Likewise, meal counting and claiming must also resume back to normal point of service meal counts by student eligibility.”

 

Within the <<School District Name>> School District, these programs have served as a lifeline for students and families experiencing food insecurity as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the waivers are not extended, students and families who depend on these services will no longer be eligible, will have limited access and may begin accruing debt on the account associated with their reduced lunch. In addition, without the extension of the waivers, we will no longer be able to provide food for the weekend.

 

While our School District is working to understand in-house solutions, it is crucial to get these waivers be reauthorized allowing us to:

• Distribute food from different locations

• Distribute food to any student

• Provide students with easy access to food without requiring a personalized pin code associated with their meal account, potentially acquiring debt

• Provide food for the weekends

• Allow the <<School District Name>> School District to be reimbursed, or at least, in the interim, not get penalized for serving food.

 

Thank you so much for your attention to this pressing and urgent matter. We greatly appreciate all of your

efforts to support your constituents during these unprecedented times.

 
4. Contact Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf - Click Here
A. Fill Out Your Contact Information
B. Select "Education (K-12)" under 'Topic'
C. Enter "School Lunch Program Waivers" into 'Message Topic'
D. Copy and Paste Letter Into 'Message' Field
E. Click 'Submit'

Thank you so much for all your support and assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I also wanted to personally thank you for your administrations leadership; specifically Secretary Redding and Secretary Rivera in calling upon U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend the national waivers that provide schools with meal distribution flexibility, ensuring all Pennsylvania children have consistent access to breakfast and lunch as schools approach the 2020-21 school year using a variety of instructional models. If these waivers are not extended, we sincerely hope, that with your strong leadership, Pennsylvania will find a way to ensure these life-sustaining meals to our students. Thank you!

 
5. Contact U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue 
A. Email: feedback@usda.gov
B. Copy and Paste Letter 

Re: Extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Waivers

 

Dear Secretary Perdue,

Thank you so much for all your support and assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am writing specifically to bring to your attention the expiration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). These programs are set to expire on August 31, 2020 or the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

I am writing to request that the waivers be extended for the following programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in order to address the food insecurity needs within the <<School District Name>> School District.

 

According to the most recent guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Food and Nutrition, “As of June 25, 2020, USDA has indicated that SSO and SFSP may no longer operate once schools reopen (Virtually or In-Person) for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, eligibility determination must resume back to normal determination. Likewise, meal counting and claiming must also resume back to normal point of service meal counts by student eligibility.”

 

Within the <<School District Name>> School District, these programs have served as a lifeline for students and families experiencing food insecurity as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the waivers are not extended, students and families who depend on these services will no longer be eligible, will have limited access and may begin accruing debt on the account associated with their reduced lunch. In addition, without the extension of the waivers, we will no longer be able to provide food for the weekend.

 

While our School District is working to understand in-house solutions, it is crucial to get these waivers be reauthorized allowing us to:

• Distribute food from different locations

• Distribute food to any student

• Provide students with easy access to food without requiring a personalized pin code associated with their meal account, potentially acquiring debt

• Provide food for the weekends

• Allow the <<School District Name>> School District to be reimbursed, or at least, in the interim, not get penalized for serving food.

 

Thank you so much for your attention to this pressing and urgent matter. We greatly appreciate all of your

efforts to support your constituents during these unprecedented times.

 

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