Free Meal Extension

U.S. Dept. of Ag Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

You may have recently heard that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture(USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a press release announcing an extension of the Summer Food Service Program (free meals for all children) through December 31, 2020.

This was an unanticipated announcement and a special bulletin released late Monday by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) identified that MDE still needs to fully understand how this will affect schools.  The USDA school food program is managed by MDE and where Springfield School District will get implementation guidance.  This is how it functions for school districts across the nation. 

When our school district receives clarity on how to proceed with this extension, we will inform you and the public accordingly.  Extending the USDA Summer Food Service Program would potentially eliminate meal charging at school for any student regardless of ability to pay.  This would potentially extend to providing “grab and go” meals to our daycares and other settings. A qualifying child is a high school senior or younger.  

To simplify this announcement, our school could potentially extend our summer “free” meal program practices for children who are in the school building and for children who are not.   

Keith Kottke
Springfield School District