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USDA Extends Free Meal Option through Academic Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 9 that it is extending regulatory flexibility in light of the pandemic to allow schools to offer free meals to all children through the current academic year. USDA had previously approved flexibility through December.

The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children through June 2021. 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. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.  

Q: What does this mean for Highland students – including those enrolled in the VLA program?
A: All students now qualify for FREE lunch through June 2021.

Q: Does my child have to qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch status?
A: No. All students are eligible to receive meals through this federally subsidized program through June 2021 

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330-239-1901, ext. 5513.





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