Frank H. Evans, Ed.D.
September 3, 2020 at 3:36 PM
Author: Dr. Frank Evans

USDA Expands Free Meal Program To Salt Creek Schools

USDA Has Extended Summer Meals Waivers to Dec. 31, 2020

Our district is now participating in the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Meals Program for the first time. This means parents will no longer have to pay for the combo breakfast/lunch meals through December 31, 2020. We do not know if this special permission will extend into 2021 at this time. 

The Illinois State Board of Education and Salt Creek School District 48 are excited to share the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that they have extended waivers for Summer Meals Food Service Program through the end of this calendar year. This allows Salt Creek School District 48  to offer free reimbursable grab and go meals to all children through Dec. 31, 2020. The flexibilities include:

  • Allowing the USDA Summer Food Service Program to be served to all Salt Creek 48 students at no cost;
  • Permits meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
  • Waives meal pattern requirements; and
  • Allows parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their age 18 and under children.

We will provide combo breakfast/lunch grab and go meals every Tuesday in front of the District 48 Administrative Offices door at Albright Middle School for students on remote eLearning between 10:00 AM and 10:45 AM. Every child in our school district  is eligible for the free combo breakfast/lunch meals as long as they are 18 or under. Our program begins this Tuesday, September 8, 2020. If we have more parents picking up meals than we have meals that day they will be asked to go over to Jackson Middle School in Villa Park, IL (DuPage District 45) since District 48 and 45 food service programs have merged.

When our district begins expansion to hybrid on-site instruction all students will be able to take a combo breakfast/lunch meal home with them. AM shift students have their lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day Monday through Friday. PM shift students have their breakfast and lunch for the following day Monday through Friday.