**EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY**

The Frankford School District received approval from the NJ Division of Child Nutrition and USDA to extend free lunch to ALL Frankford Township School students through December 2020.

What to expect…

·         The daily lunch ordering and pick up process for meals will not change.  Parents and staff must still submit the daily lunch order via the Google forms already in place.

·         For students on remote instruction and when school is operating remotely, parents must submit the lunch order by 9:00 am.  Meal will be ready for pickup at the Elementary School Entrance during your child's normal lunch hour.

·         Parents will not be required to submit any payments for current meals through the month of December.

More information on the extension from the USDA

On August 31st, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would be extending the free meals through the end of December 2020. The extension allows meal program operators to serve free meals to all children through December 31, 2020. 

“This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available,” per the USDA press release. 

“As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meals programs and we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We appreciate the incredible efforts by our school foodservice professionals year in and year out, but this year we have an unprecedented situation. This extension of summer program authority will employ summer program sponsors to ensure meals are reaching all children – whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually – so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever-changing learning environments.” 

This extension can be a huge relief for some in the Frankford community. For those families who might not qualify for free or reduced meals but are still going through difficult times and worry about how to keep food on the table, this provides our families one less thing to worry about as we begin a new school year with a variety of hybrid and all-virtual schedules.