Free school meals for everyone ending the pandemic bailout will end in June

Free meals and breakfast, which have been offered to all eligible school students for the past two years, will end at the end of the school year, regardless of income.

The USDA exemption, which began in March 2020 as part of a pandemic bailout, will end in June.The exemption has been extended to all students attending schools participating in National school lunch program..

For the 2022-23 semester, families will be able to apply for free or discounted meals at participating schools from 1 July. Federal Income Guidelines Or participate in supplemental nutrition support programs or other programs such as SNAP, Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservation, Temporary Assistance for Poor Families or TANF.

Homeless, immigrant, runaway, foster care students, or students enrolled in Headstart or other eligible pre-kindergarten programs may also be eligible for a free and discounted lunch. Families should check their eligibility with local participating schools.

With COVID-19 bailouts, Utah families no longer have to apply for free or discounted school meals after the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Be sure to fill this out so that you can continue to benefit if you qualify.” Children’s nutrition program for the Utah Board of Education.

Will the price go up?

Students who do not meet the guidelines will be required to pay for school meals after the exemption ends. Meal prices are set by the district or charter school board.

Briton said participating schools and school districts are working to stabilize food prices during the transition period.

“We are probably one of the states with the lowest meal prices, because schools also receive a liquor tax on each meal, which helps to postpone the cost of that meal and greatly helps the school district.” Britton said.

Under the exemption program, the federal government provided eligible schools with higher repayment rates per meal. Additional grants are available to help schools address supply chain issues and other urgent issues. Those grants will also end.

Some school districts have a three-month balance due to additional federal funding during the pandemic. “The transition helps us pass the next school year,” she said.

By exempting all students in the target schools from eating, Britton said consumption increased.

Utah schools provided more than 54.9 million lunches between 2018 and 2019. From July to March of this year, about 46 million lunches were served, “we still have two and a half months of meals, so that would be more than 54 million,” Britton said. increase.

All Utah school districts and some public charter schools, along with some private schools, participate in national school lunch programs.

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