New Tool: USDA Summer Food Service Rural Designation Map

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New Tool: USDA Summer Food Service Rural Designation Map

As more districts continue to face challenges in delivering school meals because of COVID-19, USDA has launched a new tool to help state agencies, local program operators,  and sponsors to determine if a proposed site may be designated as rural to receive additional funding under the Summer Food Service Program. You can access the tool by clicking here.  
 
To use the map, enter the address of the proposed site in the “Find Address or Place” box located on the right side of the screen. By pressing enter, the map will zoom to the location specified, where a location colored purple indicates a non-rural area and a location unshaded, meaning not colored purple, indicates it is rural.

AASA Responds to OMB Proposal on Poverty Measure

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AASA Responds to OMB Proposal on Poverty Measure

AASA submitted formal comments in opposition to the Administration’s recent proposal to change the poverty measure by submitting comments against the proposal. Any changes to how we define poverty have particularly significant implications for children, who disproportionately experience poverty in our society. Changes to the poverty measure will inform and impact policy and budget choices, including standards to determine eligibility for benefits that are critical to children’s healthy development, such food assistance, housing vouchers, health benefits, and more. You can read AASA’s comments here