National School Lunch Program reinstates flexible free meals

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The USDA National School Lunch Program has reinstated the flexible meal program that Juneau School District offered last spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Meals are provided free of charge, breakfast and lunch, to all Juneau residents who are 18 and under, regardless of school enrollment.

    The free meal program begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and is anticipated to be available through the end of December. Weekend meals will also be free and distributed at the end of the week starting Friday, Sept. 11.

     “We are thankful that we can again provide free meals seven days a week to the youth of our community in times like these,” Adrianne Schwartz, JSD Food Service Supervisor, “The district, along with our partners, NANA Management Services (NMS) and First Student, will be ready on Tuesday to increase the distribution to more families.”

    While JSD has been in the Distance Delivery educational format, meals have been distributed by either pick-up at JSD schools or delivered by First Student.

    Parents and caregivers can pick-up meals Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school most convenient to them and on Friday’s weekend meals will also be provided.


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