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Emergency Meals-to-You


Posted Date: 04/03/2020

Emergency Meals-to-You

In the summer of 2019, USDA granted a demonstration project to the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger & Poverty (Texas Hunger Initiative) to ship summer meals to eligible kids and teens in rural areas.

 

In response to COVID19, USDA asked that we ramp this project up nationwide. School districts must apply at www.mealstoyou.org for their families to be eligible to opt-in.

 

Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY) provides weekday breakfasts and lunches to students who were receiving those meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price, but temporarily cannot receive school meals due to emergency school closures. EMTY mails 10 shelf-stable breakfasts and 10 shelf-stable lunches every two weeks directly to the student’s home while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

 

SFAs can apply for campuses which meet the following criteria:

1.Have announced school closures for at least four weeks, and

2.Are SFSP area eligible, and

3.Are designated rural at the National Center of Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov) or the majority of their attendance zone is in an area designated rural by USDA (fns.usda.gov/rural-designation).

 

Once approved, school districts will conduct outreach to their eligible students and families. Outreach should be targeted to eligible students (defined as students who are free and reduced-eligible, or all students if the school is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision). Outreach language will be provided to the school district.

 

The Texas Department of Agriculture has provided a couple of different resources regarding this project:

Overview of the project: http://squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities/SchoolMealDeliverySupport.aspx

Application Checklist for SFAs: http://www.squaremeals.org/Portals/8/files/H1N1/Coronavirus/Summer%20Meal-to-You%20Application%20Checklist_.pdf

 

Baylor pays our vendors for this program. SFAs do not claim these meals through TXUNPS.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll work to get you an answer.

 

All the best,

Grace

Grace L. Norman, MPA

Chief of Staff

Director of Government Relations

Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

c: (901) 277-3108

 

 

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