An estimated 29.4 million children benefit from the services provided by the National School Lunch Program offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)(USDA, 2020). This program provides food access for children who qualify for free or reduced priced lunches at school. However, the
On March 17, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Baylor Collaborative, McLane Global, and PepsiCo announced a plan to deliver meals to students in rural areas affected by COVID-19 school closures. This effort, Emergency Meals to You (EMtY), is an expansion of a pilot the Collaborative conducted in 2019 called Meals to You. During this pilot project in summer 2019, The Collaborative provided over 475,000 meals to 4,000 children. Boxes were shipped weekly to children and teens in rural areas where traditional summer meal sites were unavailable.