The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it
would extend the summer meals flexibility waiver, allowing Miami-Dade County
Public Schools (M-DCPS) to continue to serve free meals to all children
through December 31, 2020.
The waiver of eligibility rules for children under 18 is
particularly important to high-need communities like Miami-Dade County. M-DCPS
already provides free breakfast to all students, but this federal waiver will allow
schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all children into the fall months,
no matter the socio-economic status of their families. This will help ensure all
children have access to nutritious food during this difficult time in the
M-DCPS will be distributing meals
for children at all school sites. Grab-and-go
breakfast and lunch pick-ups take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.
to 6 p.m. The USDA requires that parents/adults provide proof of valid
identification that the meal is for a child 18 years old or younger if the child
is not with them. Identification can include a student ID, report card or progress
report. These are the same guidelines that were followed during M-DCPS’ summer
Food insecurity is a reality in our community. Many families
rely on school-provided meals as one of the only consistent sources of healthy
food for their children. M-DCPS has not wavered in its commitment to support
students and families, providing nearly seven million free meals since the
closure of schools in March.
The USDA announcement is a significant and positive development.
M-DCPS’ Department of Food and Nutrition continues to work closely with the
State to ensure all program accountability measures are followed.
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