02
September
2020
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14:58 PM
America/Chicago

All MNPS Breakfast and Lunch will be No Cost to Families

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be offering no-cost breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under based on newly released federal guidelines.

“Nutritious meals are essential to effective learning, growth, and development,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Schools. “We are grateful that the USDA has removed barriers to accessing meals to allow more students and children throughout Nashville to more easily receive breakfast and lunch.”

Metro Schools had offered breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to children following the closure of schools in March and throughout the summer. The meals were funded through the Summer Food Service Program, which ended when schools reopened virtually in August. At that time, the traditional National School Lunch Program rules took effect, meaning that not all students could receive a no-cost lunch.

Since the start of school, MNPS has been offering breakfast and lunch at all school and bus stop locations, which were free for those at Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools and for those students on free and reduced lunch. The new waivers for the Seamless Summer Options program create greater flexibility for families, allowing them to choose any site and minimize the information they need to provide to receive meals. As a result of this announcement, the district will reevaluate bus routes and timings for deliveries to maximize efficiencies and opportunities for families to receive meals, in addition to exploring opportunities to provide multiple days’ worth of meals at one time.

As the district begins the transition back to in-person learning in the coming weeks, these waivers should allow students to continue to receive no-cost meals while in in-person learning. Currently the waivers are in place until December 31. Because these waivers will eventually end, it is important that students who do not attend a CEP school complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application as soon as possible so, if approved, they will continue to receive no-cost meals once the waivers end.