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Fordyce students able to eat free

The Arkadelphian

Students at Fordyce Public Schools are able to eat breakfast and lunch at school for free.

“We are once again able to offer free meals to students,” the district announced this week on social media. “In order to maintain this status, all households must complete an application” for free and reduced lunches.

The district is among others offering free meals as part of the National School Lunch Program and will continue feeding its students — although not all school districts will — following free lunches during the pandemic.

Families throughout the nation will see changes in school meals this fall, according to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. “School nutrition professionals have worked tirelessly to get healthy food to children during COVID-19, and they will keep working hard to serve children healthy meals this coming school year,” the USDA reported. “As we all get through this change, we ask everyone to be patient with school nutrition professionals and thank them for working to help children during such a tough time.”

Will all meals be free?

Schools had some flexibilities during COVID so they could serve all kids free meals. Some of those options expired, so many schools can’t serve all meals free anymore. Instead, families will do what they did before COVID.  Schools will take applications and use family income to qualify kids for free, reduce-price, or paid meals.

Some schools use a program called the “Community Eligibility Provision” that helps them serve all meals free. Contact your local school to see if they are part of that program.

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