The USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids for Entire 2020-2021 School Year
On October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.
For Riverview students and families, this means our “Grab and Go” meals program will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all students, 18 years old and under, residing within the boundaries of Riverview School District through June 15, 2020.
“We want to ensure that children continue to receive the nutritious breakfasts and lunches they count on during the school year wherever they are and however they are learning,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are grateful for the heroic efforts by our school food service professionals who are consistently serving healthy meals to kids during these trying times.”
School Nutrition Association President Reggie Ross, SNS shared in the enthusiasm of the announcement.
“These waiver extensions are great news for America’s students and the school nutrition professionals working so hard to support them throughout this pandemic. Families struggling to make ends meet can be assured that their students will have access to healthy school meals, whether they are learning at home or in school.”
Previously, the USDA had announced an extension of waivers for public school districts to offer free breakfast and lunch meals on August 31, 2020, which extended through the fall of 2020.
Riverview’s successful “Grab and Go” meals program debuted in the Spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of Riverview School District locations for in-person learning and attendance.
“Grab and Go” meals are distributed each school day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Carnation Elementary, Cedarcrest High School, Cherry Valley Elementary, the Duvall Highlands Mobile Home Community and Stillwater Elementary. Meals include a complete hot breakfast and a complete lunch (either a cold entree or an entree to heat at home).
Families are strongly encouraged to pre-order “Grab and Go” meals through Riverview’s Engage website, the Riverview School District website, and the Skooler LMS platform.
To complete a Pre-Order form, and to view existing breakfast and lunch menus, please click below: