Thanks to a waiver our school district received from the USDA, ALL Richton School District students will eat breakfast and lunch free starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Families are responsible for any lunch debt accumulated prior to September 8, 2020. We are grateful to the USDA for extending the free meals program to ALL Richton School District students. Please continue to fill out lunch applications if you think you may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. The application will be utilized once the program ends on December 31, 2020.
With this waiver, we would like to see ALL Richton School District Students eat in the cafeteria. If you are like me this is a big help to families that have to pay or prepare lunches for students. So PLEASE take advantage of this while the USDA is allowing school districts to do it. If students do not take advantage of the program the USDA may take it away. This is what a lot of FOOD SERVICE ADMINISTRATORS have been pushing for, for years. If the USDA looks at the number of kids eating now that it is free and they are way up, it may be something that can stay in place and feed ALL kids free.
Free meals are for students only. The “MySchoolBucks.com” program is still available for parents to clear up negative cafeteria account balances during this time. It is also available for parents to fill out lunch applications if they have not done so for this year.
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