On Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Schooling (ISBE) gave faculties all through the state the go-ahead to maintain serving free meals to college students all through the 2021-22 faculty yr.
Following the extension of the USDA’s Seamless Summer time Choice, which was historically solely accessible throughout the summer season, taking part faculties will proceed to supply wholesome meals at no cost to college students, whereas additionally receiving the next than regular reimbursement charge for every meal served.
“The pandemic introduced many financial challenges to our households, so we’re very completely satisfied that wholesome meals will likely be accessible at no cost for all college students all through this critically necessary faculty yr,” mentioned State Superintendent of Schooling Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “A lot of our college students depend on faculties to satisfy their dietary meals. Examine after examine reveals that correct vitamin helps improved efficiency at school. We encourage faculty districts to take part to assist gas studying renewal this yr.”
Illinois households ought to contact their native faculty to search out out if they’re taking part within the Seamless Summer time Choice this faculty yr or different federal faculty vitamin applications, such because the Nationwide Faculty Lunch Program, Faculty Breakfast Program, and Particular Milk Program. Native faculties may also present different particulars about their meal service.
The Seamless Summer time Choice is funded by the USDA and administered by ISBE.
Extra details about faculty vitamin applications will be discovered on the ISBE website.