JCS to provide free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under

Free Meals

Johnson City Schools is pleased to announce that with the action taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), free breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child 18 and under until December 31, 2020.

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“Allowing all children to receive free meals prioritizes the role that good nutrition plays for effective learning,” Food Service Director Karen McGahey said. “We encourage all of our families to take full advantage of this benefit as it directly affects and helps the most vulnerable in our community – our children.”

Free and reduced applications are still being collected and processed and it is recommended that families continue this process to be prepared for when the universal free option ceases.

The action taken by the USDA means that Johnson City Schools can:

- ANY child, 18 and under, will receive free meals. They do not have to be enrolled in a Johnson City school.

- Parents picking up meals for students, not in attendance will be required to certify proof of parental oversite and list the names of children who will receive the meals.

- Breakfast and lunch may be distributed at the same time.

- Only two meals per day may be offered, per child.

- Meals can now be distributed during school closures such as Fall Break, Thanksgiving, and Winter Break.

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