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Please Take Advantage of the Meals!

posted Nov 25, 2020, 10:56 AM by Brenda Williams   [ updated Dec 9, 2020, 9:29 PM ]
Did you know that on October 9, 2020, the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the USDA is extending the free meals waiver? This allows schools to continue to provide all registered children and their siblings under age 18 in our school district free breakfast and free lunch on scheduled school days for the entire 2020-21 school year.

What does this mean during distance learning? For the Pequot Lakes School District it means meals are available for pick up on Monday mornings and early evenings. A pack of five breakfasts and five lunches is put together for each child and made available for pick up. Pick-ups are available on Mondays at Eagle View Elementary and at the Middle School/High School from 8-9 am and from 4-5 pm. There is also a pick-up point at Reed’s Market in Crosslake on Monday mornings from 9-10 am.

It’s really simple to sign up! Call or email Patty Buell, Food Service Director, at 218.568.9363 or pbuell@isd186.org and she will add your name to the list. You will need to provide your name, contact information, number of children and where and when you will pick up.

This program is funded by the USDA and the State of Minnesota. For every meal that gets picked up, our school district receives funding. The more meals the more funding. We started off sending out almost 1200 breakfasts and 1200 lunches and as of this writing, the list has grown to over 1500 of each!

Please take advantage of these meals. You are NOT taking away this benefit from someone else if you participate. These free meals can help you manage your household budget with the skyrocketing costs of groceries, and they are time saving and convenient, allowing those children at home to be more independent. This program is also keeping some of our food service staff employed. We did have to partially furlough most of the foodservice staff, so more meals also mean more hours for them!

Please Note: December 1st is the deadline for families to turn in an application for free or reduced price meals. Due to the current free meals program for all students, many families have not submitted their application which greatly reduces the revenue the school district receives in the year ahead. Please turn in your application to Patty Buell (pbuell@isd186.org) before the end of the month. An application can be downloaded from the school district food service website or picked up in the district office. 

-- Patty Buell, Food Service Director
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