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Fairfield School District provides free meals for students in the area

Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 9:08 AM CST
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The Fairfield Food Service Director, Stephanie Hawkins says thanks to new changes made, kids can eat free of charge.

“Regular school lunch is normally the national school lunch program, but since through covid there have been some waivers put in place so that we made a change from the national to the summer food service program so with that we can feed any child as long as their eating solid food, for free.”

Hawkins says as long as the children are between the ages of 2-18 they can receive free meals.

“Whether they’re virtual, hybrid, in school, they are all eating free right now. We’ve also included family in our communities, so if they’re non-school-aged children, if they’re homeschooled, as long as they’re within those age brackets we can feed them absolutely free so that’s what we’re doing.”

The meal pick up is every Monday at the Fairfield Middle School between 5-6 pm and one bag consists of five breakfast meals and five lunches. She says the staff is used to providing 1,100 meals a day and with covid causing students to stay home for a while, the program funds took a toll.

“When people take a part of this program their actually helping our food service program. It’s not that they are taking food from anyone who else needs it we are reimbursed per meal so the more meals we serve the better it is for our program because I know covid has impacted our communities as well financially so if we can help this way where we can help save a little bit of money on the grocery bill maybe you can take care of some other things that you are stretched on right now.”

If you are interested in signing up visit the Fairfield school district website and click the grab and go tab. The signup sheet is open every Thursday.

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