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Union Public Schools Preparing For End Of Pandemic Waivers For School Meals


Posted Date: 05/24/2022

Union Public Schools Preparing For End Of Pandemic Waivers For School Meals

Waivers authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the pandemic have allowed public school districts to provide meals to students at no cost. But those are set to expire at the end of June.

FOX23 News spent time at Union 8th Grade Center in Broken Arrow on Monday to learn more about how the school district plans to deal with the transition.

Families will need to go back to filling out applications to apply for free and reduced meals for students who qualify, just like they did before the pandemic.

And for those who do not qualify, they will have to go back to paying for their lunches again.

Since those are coming to an end, parents will need to go back to filling out applications for free and reduced lunches, something they haven’t had to do in quite a while according to Union Public School’s Child Nutrition Director Lisa Griffin.

“And it’s sort of hard to change because families been getting this for two years,” she explained, “and then they’re going why, why is it changed? It’s because of the waivers,” Griffin said.

Another big change for the school district is a loss of funding as the amount that they are reimbursed for breakfast and lunch by the USDA declines.

Story: https://www.fox23.com/news/union-public-schools-preparing-end-pandemic-waivers-school-meals/37B64CSQRFEIFM5IDETGM2P5ZM/ 

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