FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Now through the third week in December, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education decided to make a change to the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and now offers free meals to all students, nationwide.
Chelsea Hopkins says she just learned about the program change and is definitely going to use it.
Hopkins says, “It’s pretty good quality and it’s free for you to just swing by and get your kids food. Some people really need food and some moms just don’t want to cook so I think it’s a really great program.”
Mother of four Deanna Anders says even if parents don’t use all the food, having extra for later is a huge blessing.
Anders says, “Anything that we accumulate, we save it for the next day. Kids love snacks. It’s a thing. I think for the immediate, yes for breakfast and lunch. But just to have, it’s such a huge blessing. A blessing, blessing.”
Food Service Director for the Metropolitan School District Steuben County Stephanie Haynes-Clifford, says everyone benefits from this, even virtual learners.
Haynes-Clifford says, “It’s an opportunity to feed our virtual students as well and it’s just a win-win for all our kids who are trying to get back to the school routine.”
Families aren’t the only ones benefiting from the recent change.
Krista Stockman with Fort Wayne Community Schools says they’re getting reimbursed for meals at a much lower rate than normal.
Stockman says, “As they extended that service for students, that rate also was extended for us..”
Anders says this extension will give parents the chance to have a moment to themselves.
Anders says, “Just the space to say, just breathe mama, it’s ok. If you want to do cereal for breakfast and lunch, it’s ok.”
Every student meal purchased from Aug. 12 through Sept. 21 will be credited to the appropriate student account.
If your child is enrolled in an FWCS, click here to register for meal delivery.