As you may know, this year the USDA allowed all school meals for students to be free of charge. But as we look to next year, the USDA has not extended those free meal waivers which means students will again have to pay for meals, based on meal eligibility status. Families who are eligible can continue to receive free or reduced cost meals based on their completion of a meal application for the upcoming school year. We highly encourage families, if they haven’t done so already this school year, to complete a meal application before June 9. That will ensure eligible families that free status for the first 30 days of next year. Families will need to complete a new application next year, starting in August but filling out one now makes sure your covered until the application for next year is available. Current meal applications are available online on the Child Nutrition website and at your student’s school.