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Free meals in Washoe Co. Schools extended to summer

After the USDA extended flexibility in its school food service program, all Washoe County students are eligible to receive free meals regardless of which school they attend or their family's income.
After the USDA extended flexibility in its school food service program, all Washoe County students are eligible to receive free meals regardless of which school they attend or their family's income.(AP)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 12:44 PM PDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2020 at 9:41 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE OCT. 2 Washoe County School Superintendent Kristen McNeill announced Friday, October 2, 2020 that the free meals available in the district’s schools has been extended to the end of the school year and into next summer.

The free meals are available to anyone under the age of 18. The meals are available in Washoe County school cafeterias and at six distribution sites. To receive meals from the distribution sites, families must preregister. You can find the link at the bottom of this story.

ORIGINAL STORY The Washoe County School District is now offering free meals to all students, paid for by a waiver issued by the U.S. Department of agriculture.

Elementary school students will receive the daily lunch as usual. Middle and high school students on the A-B hybrid scheduling will receive meals when they are in school, then can receive a breakfast and lunch pack at the end of the day to take home for the following day when they are studying remotely.

Middle and High school students will still be able to choose from the a la carte offerings.

Families engaged in full-time distance learning can receive seven day meal packs (breakfast and lunches) at six sites across the district starting Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The distributed meals are available to any child under the age of 18, even if they are not a student in the WCSD.

In addition, students who paid for lunches or breakfasts in September will have that amount refunded to their meal accounts.

DISTRIBUTION SITES:

  • Tuesdays: North Valleys High School from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. and Traner Middle School from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Wednesdays: Wooster High School from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. and Clayton Middle School from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Thursdays: Sparks High School from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. and Pine Middle School from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.

The free meals for all students will be available until December 31, 2020.

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