Free Meals for Students will Continue Through December
JT Thaden | Sep 14, 2020 AT 8:53 pm
WASHINGTON D.C. (KDLM) - The Summer Meal Program has been extended through December allowing students to continue to receive free meals at area schools.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months.
The USDA said in a press release, "This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic."
In addition to allowing districts to continue serving grab-and-go meals for free to any student, the USDA flexibilities also allow districts to serve meals at any time, outside typical settings and to students not enrolled in that district. And it allows parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children — instead of requiring the children to be present to pick up the meals.