USDA Extends Free Meals for Students

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On Friday, October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.

All complete meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served at NO COST to children 18 and under (or up through age 26 for individuals with special needs).  

What comes with lunch?  Lunches include protein (meat/meat alternatives), whole grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk.  Students can select 3, 4, or all 5 items.  The meal must contain a fruit or vegetable to qualify as a complete meal.   Students will still be charged for any other purchases such as milk only, bottled water/juices, additional entrees, etc. 

Families do NOT have to fill out additional paperwork to receive meals for free.  Free/Reduced Meal Applications will still be collected for the purposes of Math/Reading Title I programs, as well as for discounts on athletic fees, testing fees, college application fees, etc.   You can apply for meals at www.lunchapp.com.

For our remote learners, the Remote Meal pickup dates, times, and procedures will remain the same, but all meals will be free. Remote-Learner families will continue to receive a weekly email for ordering. 

Visit our website at www.jenhudfood.org for menus and more!  If you have additional questions, you can email Food Service at [email protected] or call (616) 457-2400.