USDA Extends Free Meals for All Kids

Free Meals for All Kids for 20/21 School Year
Posted on 09/14/2020
Image of Food9/16/20 - Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was extending several waivers regarding school meals. These waivers will allow all children under the age of 18 to receive free school meals for the 2020-2021 school year. This means that all students purchasing a full breakfast or lunch at school will not be charged. However, if a student is only selecting an ala-carte item (bottled water, chips, granola bars), they will still be required to pay. If a student purchased a full breakfast or lunch since the start of the school year, that money has been refunded to their meal account.

Additionally, the waivers will allow the district to provide free meal kits to families with children under the age of 18. These kits will include seven days of breakfast and lunch items. Distribution of the kits will start the week of September 14 and will take place each Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Howell High School loading dock, and each Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m at Three Fires Elementary. Highlander Virtual families who were picking up meal kits on Monday's will now have their choice to pick up kits on Tuesday or Thursday and do not need to complete the meal request form. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Food Service Department at 517.540.8347 or email
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