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Field Reports

The Impact of COVID-19 Emergency Flexibilities and Waivers on Child Nutrition Programs in Massachusetts

Michelle Nikfarjam, Emerson Fellow

Project Bread,
Published 2020-2021

Boston, Massachusetts

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges and changes to federal child nutrition programs across the state of Massachusetts. While the USDA-instated waivers and flexibilties were a direct response to issues brought about by the pandemic including the disruption of school meal access and the need to maintain health and safety through social distancing protocols, the reduction of regulatory barriers had huge impacts on participation across the state.

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate how the COVID-19 emergency response became a catalyst for structures that promote greater accessibility, equity and reach and to assess future directions for supporting meal programs when schools are out of session.

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Publication tags: Field Reports - COVID-19 Pandemic, Emergency Food Network

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Michelle Nikfarjam

Emerson Fellow

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Project Bread

Boston, Massachusetts