School summer lunch program starts June 1

Friday, May 27, 2022

Iowa school districts’ lunch programs will not be featuring free lunch next school year. The free lunch program for students was parr of the federal government coronavirus rescue funding program no longer applicable.

Cherokee Schools Food Service Director Cara Jacobson reports that letters will be sent out to parents after July 1 to fill out the necessary paperwork for the existing Free/Reduced lunch program next school year for eligible families. The letter is designed to get parents thinking about budgeting for school lunches for the 2022023 school year. Jacobson encourages parents to comply with the paperwork as soon as possible.

The free summer lunch program will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the month of June. Serving at Washington High School. Parents have already received email and menu notification.

Students also have the option of a “grab and go” breakfast to take with them for the following day. They must be going home after picking up the breakfast items as they are temperature controlled.

Jacobson is meeting with Transportation Director Rachel Mallory to formulate a bus route from responses received from parents, daycares, and bible school so they can reach as many children as possible for summer lunch.

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