Madison County schools continue with free meals


Madison County Schools students can now receive free lunch and breakfast through the end of 2020. The free meals are made possible through an extension of the USDA’s federally funded, state administered Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This program allowed schools to provide meals free of charge for all children during school closure due to the pandemic in the spring and through the summer. Now the special waivers have been extended to allow schools to continue this program through December 2020.

Under SFSP, meals are free to all students under 18. Students are still required to pay for a la carte items, such as ice cream and sports drinks, that are not included within the standard lunch or breakfast meals. While no paperwork is required to be eligible for free meals during 2020, families are encouraged to continue to submit free and reduced lunch applications so that paperwork is ready for January. Students enrolled in virtual learning may request free meals for pickup via the District website. Families who prepaid for meals may leave money in their accounts to pay for a la carte items or may request refunds on the Child Nutrition section of the District website at

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