Free meals for all students to continue next school year

Posted on 07/02/2021
Becky-David Elementary cafeteria


With new authority provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the USDA will continue to allow the Francis Howell School District to provide free meals to all kids in the community, through as late as June 30, 2022. As of Oct. 1, 2020, free breakfast and lunch has been offered to all children under the age of 18 living in the area.

These meals will meet USDA nutritional requirements. Any funds in student meal accounts will remain there until meal purchases resume in the future. In-person students will not be charged for breakfast and lunch meals picked up in the school cafeteria at the designated meal times. However, any a la carte purchases (items such as bagged chips, cookies, etc.) will be charged at the approved rate.

Students can choose one milk, one entrée, and unlimited fruits and vegetables to qualify for a free meal. Any additional milk or entrée will be charged at the approved rate. Apple juice in the four ounce-container is considered a fruit. Meals that do not meet USDA nutritional requirements will not be covered.

For virtual students enrolled in the District, and unenrolled children under the age of 18, meal kit boxes will be available weekly containing the food to make five breakfast and five lunch USDA-qualifying meals. Meal kit boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are distributed on Tuesdays between 10:00-11:30 a.m., for each week that school is in session. Meal kit boxes can be picked up for all students in the family at one time at the Burbes Service Center, located at 4606 Central School Road in St. Charles.

Regardless of the USDA free meals program, the District is encouraging all families to complete the 2021-22 application for free and reduced meals. For more information, please visit the District website.

Free meals will continue through June 30, 2022, or as funding allows. Families with questions or comments about the program, please call 636-851-6197.

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