LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington school children will have another year of free meals next school year after the federal government has extended financial support related to the ongoing COVID pandemic.
The news comes as Fayette County Public Schools, like other school districts across the state, begin to announce their regular summer meal plans as well.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued waiver flexibilities for school meal programs and the Child and Adult Care Food Program for school year 2021-22. This means all students will again have access to school breakfasts and lunches at no cost, the Fayette County school district said Thursday in a statement.
“We may have to make a few minor adjustments within our program, but other than that, operations will be very similar to this year in feeding all students free,” said Michelle Coker, director of Child Nutrition in FCPS.
Meanwhile, Lexington households will continue to receive free meals this summer for youths under age 18.
In Fayette County Public Schools, the bagged food will be available at the six high schools: Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar, or Tates Creek. The pickup time is 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays during June and July, except the week of June 28.
Please limit meal pickups to one per household so the federal program will not run short of supplies for families who need assistance, the school district advised.
Meals are also available at community distribution sites through Employment Solutions, FoodChain, and God’s Pantry Food Bank (view summer meal sites meals_summer).