Child Nutrition Programs, Fall 2021: Challenges Faced and Solutions Found
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 presented a myriad of immediate challenges to child nutrition programs (CNPs) operating amidst abrupt nationwide school closures and distance-learning education. A year later, with many schools reopening during the ongoing pandemic, CNPs continue to face ongoing or new complications. The Institute of Child Nutrition Applied Research Division (ICN ARD) reached out to CNP professionals via a rapid-response survey between August and September 2021. The purpose of this survey was to gauge the continuing or new hardships CNPs could face going into fall 2021, to explore actions CNP professionals took to meet challenges, and to identify solutions they found.