FREE Meals, In-person and Digital learning

FREE Meals, In-person and Digital Learning
Posted on 09/16/2020
This is the image for the news article titled FREE Meals, In-person and Digital LearningThe USDA is providing funding for Catoosa County students receiving in-person and digital instruction to receive FREE breakfast and lunch every day. This new federal meal initiative does not apply to a la carte or other food service items and will end on December, 31, 2020, or when available funds run out.

On face-to-face learning days, students go to the cafeteria for meals. Parents must preorder meals for digital learning students. Meal orders must be placed before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, the week prior to pick-up. Details for meal pick-up are available on school websites. Meals may be ordered by clicking HERE.

The free meal service is retroactive to September 1, 2020. Any funds paid for meals after this date will be credited toward the student’s lunch account. Regular meal charges are scheduled to resume in January, unless a student qualifies for free or reduced priced meals. It is very important to apply for free and reduced price meals now, if you may qualify, to ensure a smooth transition back to regular pricing when this program ends. To determine if your child qualifies for free or reduced priced meals, please submit a new application at the following link:

https://www.lunchapplication.com/

Please note: Virtual Meals will not be given for the week of November 23rd, due to Thanksgiving Break. The order form will open on Wednesday, November 25th for meals to be distributed the on December 2nd.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov


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