U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday announced a nationwide extension of another key flexibility for USDA’s child nutrition programs. This waiver allows local partners to continue serving free meals to all children for the remainder of the summer. The announcement includes many areas in eastern Nebraska that have summer nutrition programs in place, including Stanton, Schuyler, Bancroft-Rosalie, Pender, Wakefield, Walthill and Macy. Perdue says this action will make it as easy as possible for local program operators to get food to children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has approved over 2,800 flexibilities, and will continue to work with states and other partners as the nation turns its focus to reopening in a safe way.