Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.
“As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meal programs, and today, we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially,” said Secretary Perdue. “We appreciate the incredible efforts by our school foodservice professionals year in and year out, but this year we have an unprecedented situation. This extension of summer program authority will employ summer program sponsors to ensure meals are reaching all children – whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually – so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever-changing learning environments.”
September 2020 Updates
After Work Market Meal Box Pickup
Starting Tuesday,September 29th, Market Meal boxes will be available for pickup at the Food Production Center, 4711 Pflaum Rd, from 4pm - 6pm every Tuesday evening. We will be following the same curbside meal service that is being provided during the day. Please make sure that you fill out your pre-order form to ensure that we have enough meal boxes available. Thank you
Virtual Learning Meal Plans
We will be offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting the week of September 8, 2020 for all students enrolled in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Each site will have pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a meal box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals that meet the requirements for the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs.
- Pickup times and locations
- Each 5 day box is about 12"X 9"X 9" in size and weighs just under 10 pounds.
- Milk will be available as an option.
- A pre-order button and instructions on how to order will be available on our website as the start of school approaches.
- Due to USDA Waiver, all meals will be free of charge to all children 18 years and younger.
- For more details refer to our Neighborhood Food Sites page within our COVID 19 Resources on the MMSD Website or Google "MMSD Food Services"
- Heating Instructions
Stay tuned for more information as we continue our planning process to ensure students have access to nutritious meals during our virtual learning environment.
Direct Certification for Free & Reduced Meals
Each qualifying family will receive a letter, either by email or in the mail, approving their status based on the benefits they receive from the Federal and or State funding. If you did not receive a letter, please complete the free and reduced priced meal application.
A new application must be filled out for every household each year to receive meal benefits for the current year. Applications are available online: Free & Reduced Price Meal Application. If your household has special circumstances, such as Foster, Homeless, or other student's eligibility questions, please call (608) 204-4003.
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