Innovations in Child Nutrition Programs During COVID-19 and Beyond

When the pandemic forced schools to close this past spring, everything changed. Many meal providers found themselves rapidly adapting their operations to reach kids in their communities. In some instances, these new models and programs really worked, sometimes better than before. This report showcases their most creative tactics, illustrated by case studies that were informed by interviews. Innovative ideas fell broadly into five categories: innovations in meals served, outreach, delivery, partnership, and innovations beyond food.