The Ashland Public Schools Nutrition Department is very excited to announce the USDA has extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students for the entire 2020-2021 school year! This news means that our department will be able to provide all students with nutritious and nourishing food for free that will support them, both in school and at home.
What this means for your family and for Ashland Nutrition Services:
- Your children, ages 0-21 can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day, at no cost. This applies to students who are attending classes in school or virtual classes at home, or a hybrid combination of these models.
- When students arrive at school they should go directly to the cafeteria if they want breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day!
- FOR IN PERSON LEARNING we ask that you pre order lunches each week at the Warren School. The link to do so is available on the Warren School webpage as well as our own Nutrition Services Page. No pre orders are necessary at the Mindess, Middle or High School.
- FOR REMOTE LEARNING DAYS We encourage you to pick up meals (breakfast and lunch) for your children who are remote learners and other children in your household who are age 0-21 regardless if they are enrolled in school. Pick up is at Ashland High School on Mondays and Wednesdays but you must sign up each week. Click here for details and to sign up.
- It allows Ashland Nutrition Services to provide the most nourishing and appetizing meals possible for your children. When your children eat school meals, it helps Ashland Nutrition Services by providing us with federal funds. The more meals we serve, the more funding we receive, allowing us to focus on quality and variety. If your children have never before participated in school meals, consider trying the program this year!
- It helps you save time and money. By allowing us to prepare meals for your children you don’t have to plan and shop for your children’s breakfast and lunch each school day.
Even though the USDA has extended free meals for all students for the entire school year, families should still submit a household application to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals. This will allow students to qualify for any additional benefits and ensure a seamless transition when schools move back to a paid program. Visit the Free and Reduced webpage to download the application.
Please reach out with any questions you might have. Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!