Child Nutrition Services
We are excited to offer free breakfast, lunch, and take-home meals to all students through the end of the calendar year, since the USDA extended its Summer Food Service Program. But, remember, this extension is only guaranteed through Dec. 31. What does this mean for Universal Breakfasts, take-home meals, future Free & Reduced Meals?
Right now under the Summer Food Service Program extension, Universal Breakfast is available to every HCPS student through the end of December at no cost. As we transition from Plan C to Plan B, we are pleased that every child will have the opportunity for a healthy meal twice each day while on campus, at no charge to families. We encourage all students to take advantage of the on-campus breakfasts, as research shows the morning meals support concentration and learning, and will keep students full until lunchtime. Remember, these meals are free of charge until the end of December!
Take-Home Meals (Plan B):
Under Plan B, take-home meals are available for students to take home for their following remote learning days. Starting next week, all students attending on-campus will also be able to take home weekend meals. Kindergarteners, 1st- and 2nd-graders on campus each weekday may take home 2 meals for Saturday and Sunday. Students in grades 3-12 may take weekend meals for their 3 days in a row off campus (students in Group A attending on Thursday can take home meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday / students in Group B attending on Friday can take home meals for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). Teachers and schools have been in contact with families this week to determine their interest in these “weekend” take-home meals. If you haven’t already opted in to this service, please contact your child’s school directly.
Free & Reduced Meals:
Meal Benefit Applications are what will qualify eligible families for Free & Reduced Meals once traditional payment schedules for school lunches resume. And, the data on our students’ nutrition needs directly impacts the federal funds our schools receive to provide these meals.
Meal Benefit Applications should be completed no later than Friday, September 25!
Families can fill out the form online, or may pick up paper forms (and return them to) any school office.