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All students to receive free meals thru December

Posted on: September 5, 2020
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All Little Miami students will receive free school meals beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, thanks to recent action taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

All students in all buildings will be offered school breakfast and school lunch at no charge. The menu will be the same as Little Miami food services has always offered, barring unforeseen product or staffing shortages. These meals will be at no charge through December 2020.

This option became available after the USDA announced on Aug. 31 that summer meal program operators could continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meal programs, and we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

LM Food Services Director Rachel Tilford said her department will be reimbursed for the meals by the USDA with funds appropriated and not used while school was not in session during COVID-19 school closures.

VLA Family Meals

VLA families can still pick up free meal packages that contain easy-to-prepare foods that make up five breakfasts and five lunches. These families need families to sign up by 3 p.m. each Tuesday. Sign up here.

Meal packages are picked up at Salem Elementary on Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m. at the car rider drop off spot at the back of the building.