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September 9, 2020 - USDA Extends Free School Meals for Kids
Ted Hessong
Tuesday, September 08, 2020

September 8, 2020

RE: USDA Extends Free School Meals for Kids through December 31, 2020

Last week the USDA announced a waiver for schools to utilize the Summer Food Service Meal Program, similar to the one we used to feed students for free in the Spring, for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  This is a waiver USD 234 qualifies for and our waiver has been approved.  Beginning September 9, 2020, all ENROLLED students of USD 234 Fort Scott will receive free meals (in-person and remote learners).  The district will be able to operate this program through December 31, 2020, or until the federal money is no longer available, whichever is sooner.  This means that all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch if they elect to eat each day.  Any extras, ala carte items and 2nd breakfast or lunch will still have the normal charges if the student chooses to take these.

The district will update the meal accounts for all students to reflect a free meal starting September 9, 2020.  Parents do not have to do anything at this time.  Once the program funds are spent, all students will return to their original meal status prior to September 9, 2020.  This waiver does not affect meal status, and the district will continue to accept free and reduced meal applications.  Filling out a free and reduced waiver form is still essential to our local school district funding.  If you have not already filled out a free and reduced form, please do so and submit it to the building of your child’s attendance.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Robin Button, USD 234 Food Service Director, at or 620-223-0800.


Ted Hessong


USD 234 Fort Scott Schools