USDA EXTENDS FREE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM FOR REST OF 2020
Under a decision that was announced last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Mexico school children will be able to eat for free through December. The New Mexico Public Education Department reports that schools may continue to serve free meals to all children through the end of the year or until funding runs. (KRQE story)
In a press release, Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said “This is a huge relief for many New Mexico families who might not qualify for free meals but are still facing hard times because of this pandemic,” “Now feeding their children is one less worry.”
This announcement reverses a previous decision that would have ended the free summer meal program when schools resumed in the fall.
The NM Public Education Department states that in-person learning is not required to receive a school meal. Since schools closed in mid-March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico schools have provided over 13 million meals to children at grab-and-go sites or were delivered by school bus drivers. This system will continue in districts that remain in remote learning.