With federal waivers set to expire, Colorado schools to offer fewer free meals to students

With federal waivers set to expire, Colorado schools to offer fewer free meals to students

DENVER — On Wednesday afternoon, the Healthy School Meals for All Coalition held a virtual news conference to publicly pressure Congress to extend federal waivers that help school districts provide free meals for all students, regardless of a family’s income level.The federal waivers are set to end on June 30.’We have heard from some districts and they’re serving 40 percent or more students this year,’ said Ashley Wheeland, director of public policy of Hunger Free Colorado.Wheeland says the end of the waivers will have negative impacts on schools’ nutrition departments.