The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension and flexibility to their free summer meal program that serves children 1-18 breakfast and lunch until December 31st, or available funding runs out. The USDA decision has allowed schools to make some changes that will allow families to receive the necessary nutrition for their children. So, whether your child is attending in the classroom or has gone to a remote model, schools have set up places for meal pickup.
Who Can Get Free Meals
Anyone between the ages of 1-18 can receive the meals. Parents are allowed to pick up lunches without children; however, some schools may ask for proof of children.
How To Get The Free Meals
School districts like Riverside, Mary Walker, Loon Lake, and Deer Park will all have different ways in which to receive the lunches even if the kids are remote, or homeschooled. The good news is that due to the USDA extension, even if families would not normally qualify for free or reduced lunches, the school will still provide these meals at no cost. Some schools like Deer Park have set up curbside meals for drive by pickup.
- Deer Park School District
- The curbside meal service will be available Monday – Friday at the Deer Park Middle School from 12:00pm – 12:30pm. Pick up is now on the south side of the building by the gym entrance.
Important Note: Even though children qualify for the free meals until December 31st, schools still need you to fill out your free and reduced application. This is very important for school funding.