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Weekend meals may be offered to students

The Warren County School District may start serving weekend meals.

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has been “maximizing all program flexibilities and contingencies available under the law.”

For the Warren County School District, that means the Summer Food Service Program is still in place through the end of December when the National School Lunch Program would normally be in effect.

That has allowed every student in the district to receive free breakfast and lunch every day.

There could be more.

“Meals may be offered on weekends and holidays, consistent with SFSP regulations,” according to USDA.

“We’re allowed to serve it for the weekends as well,” District Director of Business Services Jim Grosch said. “We’d be able to provide meals, breakfast and lunch, for all kids 18 and under. We’d pass the meals out on Friday for the weekend.”

The district is exploring that possibility.

There was a call blast a week ago to introduce the idea, Grosch said.

Surveys were sent home with elementary students.

Middle and high school students were asked to fill out the surveys on Monday. The call blast gave them the opportunity to discuss the idea with their families.

The meals would not be limited to district students. “We’d be able to provide meals – breakfast and lunch–for all kids 18 and under,” Grosch said at a recent school board meeting. “We’d pass the meals out on Friday for the weekend.”

“Families that want more information can please call (814) 723-6900 ext. 1602 to speak with Candy Rieder,” Grosch said. “We just want to feed kids.”

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