WHY AREN’T MEALS FREE FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR?
The USDA knew many people found themselves struggling financially during the pandemic. They did not want school food to be a concern for families, so they passed waivers which allowed school districts to feed students’ free breakfast and lunch.
As things are now back to “normal,” Congress did not extend those waivers for another year. As a result of this, we returned back to regular priced breakfast and lunch during the 2022-2023 school year. It will remain the same for 2023-2024.
Be sure to complete the meal benefit application, which will also be sent home in September with students. Visit the district website homepage at www.middletownshipppublicschools.org to apply online.