Free Meals Program Extended through June, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended the Free Meals Program through the duration of the 2020-21 school year. All regular breakfast and lunch options are free to children 19 and under until June 30, 2021.
USDA is extending waivers through June 30, 2021, that:
- Allow SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
- Permit meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times;
- Waive meal pattern requirements, as necessary; and
- Allow parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.
These program flexibilities allow schools and local program operators to operate a meal service model that best meets their community’s unique needs, while keeping kids and staff safe.