In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal waivers issued by the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided flexibility that enabled child nutrition program operators to feed children amid challenges brought on by the pandemic, according to a new study. “Our study revealed how measures taken at the height of the pandemic improved access to vital nutrition services,” said Liana Washburn, a co-author of the report and nutrition researcher at Mathematica. “Simply put, these waivers kept more kids fed.”