SYRACUSE — As of Friday, Sept. 18, all students enrolled in the Wawasee Community School Corporation will be provided the opportunity to receive a free breakfast and a free lunch each school day.
“We received approval of our application for free meals through the USDA emergency fund for all registered students backdated through the start of this school year,” said James Flecker, director of finance and legal services for WCSC.
Free meals for all WCSC students are funded by the USDA in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Families do not have to be on free or reduced benefits to receive these free meals.
A la carte items such as milk or second meals are not free.
Free meals will be available to pick up for students enrolled in WCSC distance education (virtual) beginning Sept. 21 at the student’s respective school. Distance education students do not need to be present to pick up meals, but pre-registration is required. You may call your student’s respective school to reserve a meal by 9 a.m.
Student meal accounts that have been charged since the start of school Aug. 13, will be credited back to their account. Any funds deposited into your child’s account will remain in your child’s account to be utilized when the free meal program ends Dec. 31, or when funds are no longer available, whichever comes first.
Families who have traditionally participated in the free and reduced meal program still need to fill out an application for the 2020-21 school year to qualify for free textbooks or meal assistance once the free meal program ends. If a new application is not approved once the free meal program ends, all meals will be charged at full price.