All food distribution programs approved for reduced-contact delivery
In light of Governor Sisolak’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in Nevada, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is implementing the first of a two-tier strategy to mitigate National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program interruptions. Programs used to serve school children during the summer months will be used to provide food while schools are closed in response to the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The food, which will still meet federal nutrition standards, will be served in a grab-and-go style to minimize contamination potential and avoid delays.
“We understand the importance of preventative closures to protect students, faculty and members of the community, and we are doing everything we can to help minimize the impact to students and families that rely on school meals and ensure they have access to nutritious meals,” NDA Director Jennifer Ott said. “We are strongly urging all meal site sponsors to practice social distancing by using drive-thru service where possible and by requiring six feet of space between all individuals, should lines start to form.”
In Lyon County, meals will be delivered via the bus route from 9 to 10 a.m. starting today, Monday, March 16.
If widespread school closures result in reduced capacity of school central kitchens to provide grab-and-go meals, the second-tier strategy uses USDA Foods through the Emergency Food Assistance program (TEFAP). TEFAP resources can supply household food, not prepared meals.
NDA has received waivers from USDA that will allow more flexibility to provide emergency food response to affected communities with reduced risk through temporarily eliminating signature requirements and reducing and contact.