THIS MONTH'S FEATURE:
USDA Allows School Districts to Provide Free Meals for Kids 0-18 For School Year 2021-22
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the extension of the free meals for kids age 0-18. The flexibility allows Durango 9-R to operate the Seamless Summer Option, which makes free meals available to all children, for free, through the end of School Year 2021-22. This unprecedented move will help ensure all children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allowing school food authorities to participate under SSO during COVID-19 operations during the regular school year facilitates the safe provision of meals by eliminating the need to collect meal payments, including cash payments, at meal sites. This speeds up service of meals, thereby reducing contact and potential exposure to COVID-19.