Across the country, COVID-19 has greatly decreased the number of school meals being served this academic year. Lower reimbursements, and higher food and packaging costs are likely impacting your foodservice budget. Unless the USDA makes special provisions, fewer meals this year also may impact your USDA Foods/commodities allocations for the 2021-22 school year.
We know you’re doing all you can to distribute as many meals as possible. Convincing parents to pick up distance-learning meals can be hard. They may think free school meals are only for food-insecure youth. They may assume if they take meals they don’t necessarily need for survival, there are fewer meals available to those who are facing hunger. They may also believe that taking these meals drives up costs for your school and negatively impacts your budget.
Our latest issue of Cafeteria Connection, our newsletter for you to send to parents, can help you dispel these misconceptions. “Help our school! Get free school meals” helps parents understand free school meals:
We’ve included a form field where you can insert the details of your school meal pick-up times and locations.
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