Wittman Calls on USDA to Extend Food Program for Students in Need

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Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office

This week, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the Department to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, until Jan. 1, 2021, for eligible school food authorities.

“I write on behalf of all students in Virginia’s First Congressional District who depend on free and reduced school meal programs to ensure they receive meals throughout school closures and distance-learning programs related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak,” Congressman Wittman wrote. “[W]ith most school districts in VA-01 opting for completely virtual learning or a hybrid of virtual and in-person instruction, it is critical that we ensure no student goes hungry or fears when and where they will get their next meal.”

Congressman Wittman’s letter follows another sent earlier this week to Congressional Leadership requesting the inclusion of temporary and targeted liability protections for academic institutions, administration, and teachers related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming Coronavirus relief package. Additionally, he sent two letters to Congressional Leadership advocating for additional support to families, children and child care providers. The first letter requested greater flexibility for families utilizing Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).  The second letter encouraged Congress to provide additional federal relief for child care providers in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Click here to read Congressman Wittman’s letter in full.



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