May 13, 2021 | All Students To Receive Free Meals for 21/22 School Year
Updated July 12, 2021
ALL Westside Community Schools students will receive FREE meals (breakfast & lunch) for the 21/22 school year. Meals are funded by the US Department of Agriculture, as an extension of waivers issued to provide safe, healthy food for children during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closures of schools.
“This is outstanding news for our district, our city, and kids across the United States,” said Erin Vik, Director of Nutrition Services for Westside Community Schools. “One of our top priorities has always been to support our students and families by providing them basic needs like food. Thanks to this funding from the USDA, we can continue to ensure our kids and families can focus on learning and achievement, rather than where their next meal will come from.”
All Westside Community Schools students, regardless of need, will be able to access breakfast and/or lunch each school day at no charge to them and at no additional cost to the district. This will continue throughout the remainder of the 2020/21 school year, and continue through the 2021/22 school year. In addition, Westside Nutrition Services will once again be providing take home meals for free throughout the summer for Westside students and their families, also funded by the USDA under the Summer Meals program.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided more than 500,000 meals for our families to take home,” said Vik. “I am proud of our district’s efforts, and we are ready to continue providing this important opportunity for our students and families.”
An important note: if you qualify for Free or Reduced Meals, please fill out an application with Westside Community Schools! While meals are free for all students this school year, your application will also ensure student benefits including discounts on computers, transportation, summer camps and more. CLICK HERE to fill out your application.