Good news for families who eat at school, beginning Monday, September 14 parents won’t be paying for meals, for the next few months. Charles City Community Schools has received notification from the USDA to extend the Summer Food Service Program until December 31, 2020 or until the available federal funding runs out. This means breakfast and lunch for all students will be covered by the extension of the Summer Food Service Program.
All families whose students are on campus or participating in the School to You program are automatically participating in the program. Charles City Community Schools, as part of the Orange Carpet service to our School to You families, is delivering breakfast and lunch to kids who are learning from home. Students who are on campus will also receive lunch and breakfast at no cost to the family.
Account balances in the student’s meal accounts will carry over until USDA ends the program. Free and reduced parents will not have to reapply for meals beginning in January 2021. Parents will be notified when the program is ending and accounts will continue to be charged. Immaculate Conception Catholic School meals will also be covered through this program. Meal extras such as “supers”, milk for cold lunches, extra drinks, and adult meals are not included in the USDA program.
“We know there are many students in the community who rely on the school for at least one, if not two meals each day,” says Justin DeVore, Director of Communications. “The extension of this program benefits all of our students regardless of who you are or what your story is, you can learn and be loved here. This continuation also allows families who don’t normally experience school breakfast to try it out, risk-free.”
Research from the School Nutrition Association show school breakfast:
- Boosts students’ academic performance, grades, and test scores
- Increases concentration, alertness, comprehension, and memory
- Improves classroom behavior
- Reduces absenteeism and tardiness
School breakfast participation is also linked to:
- A lower body mass index (BMI)
- Lower probability of being overweight or obese
- Improved diet quality