Hagedorn Joins Effort Urging USDA to Allow Needed Flexibility for Schools to Feed Students

August 26, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today joined 24 fellow House Republicans in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that schools be allowed flexibility in the implementation of the child nutrition program, in order to help ensure that the schools are able to effectively feed all of their students under these trying times and circumstances.

"As the 2020-2021 school year gets underway, schools may be struggling to implement new methods of teaching while simultaneously figuring out how to provide meals to vulnerable students. During these challenging times, we urge you to review the child nutrition program flexibilities allowed under the law and implement those flexibilities as quickly as possible.

"We know the flexibilities utilized at the beginning of the pandemic helped schools provide meals to families in need. With a new school year starting amid the pandemic, it is critical that schools have the flexibility they need to continue providing meals to their students. This flexibility is particularly important since many school districts have announced a variety of plans, including modified in-person classes and meal services, hybrid education, and in some cases continued remote learning. Given the broad range of plans, we should ensure the federal programs that help feed students are flexible, easy to operate, and free of unnecessary burdens,” the lawmakers wrote.

Read the full letter here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.