Education: Floyd County Schools’ Child Nutrition Meals free to all students through Dec. 31, including virtual and quarantined students.

Education: Floyd County Schools’ Child Nutrition Meals free to all students through Dec. 31, including virtual and quarantined students.

Media release: Floyd County Schools Child Nutrition program will not charge any fees to any students for lunches through Dec. 31 (the end date is dependent on available funding), based on extended meal service flexibilities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Breakfast is already served to all students free of charge. While there are no forms to complete or income eligibility requirements for this federally funded temporary relief program, FCS encourages all families to complete the free and reduced lunch form so it is complete and processed when the funding ends.

The USDA funding is retroactive to Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, and all meals charged since then will be credited by the end of the month back to students’ accounts to use for future meals. If an unpaid balance for meals was incurred since the funding start date, that balance will be waived. FCS Child Nutrition will continue to charge fees for second helpings and a la carte extras like chips, cookies, waters, etc.

These meals at no charge are not only available to in-person students but also to all FCS Virtual Academy and quarantined students who order a week of to-go meals on Thursdays for Friday pick-up. The to-go meal order form is emailed/texted on Thursday mornings and due at 9 a.m. every Friday. Children who are not yet school age who come with their parent/caregiver to the meal pick-up are eligible to receive their own bag of to-go meals at that time as well.

“Our hardworking Child Nutrition department provides fresh and nutritious meals every day to our students. These new USDA flexibilities recognize that many families are struggling who do not meet its free and reduced-price meal program’s income guidelines,” said FCS Child Nutrition Director Donna Carver. “We’re grateful for this federal support to provide relief to families who need a helping hand during this challenging time to ensure their children are fed.”

All FCS families should complete the online application for free or reduced-price meals at www.schoolcafe.com/floydcounty by Friday, September 25, 2020. This approval will be needed to receive free and reduced-price meals after the temporary program providing free meals to all students ends on December 31, 2020 (dependent on available funding). Qualifying for free and reduced-price meals also provides opportunities for students such as scholarships, ACT and SAT test vouchers, and reduced-price internet at home.

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