Effective immediately, children do not have to be present when caregivers pick up meals at Iowa’s 303 approved Grab & Go meal sites, the Iowa Department of Education announced today. The department has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through the Summer Food Service Program during the COVID-19 outbreak. “First and foremost, we want to ensure the health and safety of Iowa’s students,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “We want to get healthy meals into the hands of students while minimizing the potential exposure to COVID-19. We understand that it isn’t practical for all children to accompany their parents and caregivers at meal sites.” Parents and caregivers will be asked to share the school name where each child attends, if they are of school age.