Serving meals in the 2020-21 school year


Free Meals for all Students for the 2020-21 School Year

USDA has extended waivers to allow us to serve free meals to kids ages 18 and under for the entire 2020-21 school year. Children do not need to be enrolled in Intermediate District 287 to participate.If your child is over 18 and enrolled in a program at one of our district schools, they also qualify for free meals. Read on for additional information on how to receive these free meals for your child during connected and hybrid learning.

CONNECTED LEARNING:
For students continuing in connected learning, we will have 5-day meal bundles including breakfast and lunch, available for pick up each Friday at four of our schools. Meals must be pre ordered one week ahead on the Free Meals Order Sign Up form.

HYBRID LEARNING:
If your student is participating in hybrid learning, they will receive free breakfast and lunch on the days they are at school and will be sent home with a 3 day pack of meals for the days they are not at school. No meal orders are required for hybrid learning; all students will receive free meals. If you do not want your child to receive free meals during hybrid learning, you may opt out by informing your student’s teacher. Otherwise all students will be encouraged to participate in these meals.

If your child is not enrolled in an Intermediate District 287 school, you may still participate in our free distance learning meals by filling out the Free Meals Order Sign Up form. However, please note that per USDA regulation, children are only allowed 1 free breakfast and lunch daily – so if your child is receiving free meals from their enrolled school or district we are unable to provide them with additional free meals.

Although meals are free for all students, it is so important that all of our families apply for Educational Benefits, whether you think you qualify or not. These educational benefits forms provide critical funding for our schools and district. We encourage all families to apply for educational benefits at https://paypams.com/OnlineApp.aspx

  • A new application is needed per family each year.
  • The income thresholds are higher than in some programs, so many families are surprised to find they DO qualify.

We look forward to serving your students! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 763-550-7136 or foodservice@district287.org.