• Ask your state to apply for the area eligibility waiver, so that you can start providing more meal sites.
  • Provide multiple meals at a time in areas where it may be difficult for families to get to meal sites.
  • Ensure families have enough to eat by asking your state to participate in Pandemic-EBT and Emergency SNAP allotments.
  • Encourage operators who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide breakfast and lunch to participating families during closures.


  • Deny meals to caregivers who show up at meal sites without their children. The USDA permits caregivers to pick up meals without children.
  • Forget to collaborate with local food banks to provide groceries to the entire household.
  • Assume meal site volunteers know how to safely distribute meals. Provide guidance.
  • Increase the risk of infection by centralizing food preparation and distribution. Decentralize and engage multiple kitchens.

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