USDA meal program
FZ approved for program extension
Posted on 09/18/2020
bagged lunch

WHAT? Free school meals for Fort Zumwalt students The federal government has extended meal service through the Seamless Summer Option for Fort Zumwalt students, meaning there will be no charges for breakfast or lunch at Fort Zumwalt schools until further notice. Virtual students are included in this program, which is limited by available federal funds and will expire on or before Dec. 31, 2020.

Should funding for the program run out before Dec. 31, we will notify all families as soon as possible. The end of the program will mean a return to regular meal charges, unless your family qualifies for the federal free-and-reduced price meal program. 

WHO? In addition, Fort Zumwalt residents 18 years old and younger who do not already receive meals through Fort Zumwalt can also sign up. In addition to Fort Zumwalt students, those in the community 18 years old and younger who do not currently receive meals from Fort Zumwalt can also sign up each week to pick up meal packs. Here’s how it works:

Go to the USDA Community Meal Program page, where you will find the sign-up form you will need to complete each week in order to receive meals. 

HOW? Extended federal program The Fort Zumwalt School District Student Nutrition Services department applied for and received a federal waiver extending the Seamless Summer Option program based on community eligibility. This federal waiver was approved based on specific criteria set forth by the USDA. These criteria include, but are not limited to, the impact of COVID-19 on our community (ie., the number of positive cases since the first day of school), the St. Charles County unemployment rate and other economic conditions in the region.

Student Nutrition Services continues to monitor the availability of programs that would be of assistance to Fort Zumwalt families.

Can I opt out of the program? Yes. If you would like to continue paying for your child(ren)’s meals and extend the life of the available federal resources, please contact your school cashier by phone or email.