The USDA has just extended free school meals for all kids nationwide through June 2022!!!
Free school meals were available starting in the spring of 2020 due to COVID, and then they were extended into the summer, then December, and then June. Now, this decision ensures that all children have access to nutritious food as the U.S. continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic through June 2022!!!
This of course includes Minnesota kids, so check your local school district’s website or social media pages for the latest updates. School districts have already shared this information, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each district is offering the food in different ways but it’s available to ALL kids regardless of income.
“USDA will remain relentless in ensuring our nation’s children get the critical nutrition they need,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “States and districts wanted waivers extended to plan for safe reopening in the fall. USDA answered the call to help America’s schools and childcare institutions serve high quality meals while being responsive to their local needs as children safely return to their regular routines. This action also increases the reimbursement rate to school meal operators so they can serve healthy foods to our kids. It’s a win-win for kids, parents and schools.”