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USDA Extends Free Meals Through December 31, 2020

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of nationwide waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out.  This includes:

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students receiving in-school instruction

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students receiving virtual instruction

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students who are temporarily quarantined

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students are currently enrolled in homeschool


Free Meal Program  

Times are hard enough, finding a way to feed your family shouldn’t be an additional problem. Beginning October 1, Gainesville ISD, in partnership with Chartwells K12, will be bringing free meals to all students. Free school meals, including breakfast and lunch, are available to kids and teens ages 18 and younger. The program does not cover snacks and a la carte menu items.  Regular meal prices and free/reduced status will resume January 1, 2021.


For all other students who may be attending school virtually, attend homeschool, or are temporarily quarantined, we are also offering contactless curbside pickup at Chalmers and Edison for 5-days of breakfasts and lunches.  Curbside pick up is available on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays and includes two meals each day, providing enough fresh, nutritious, delicious meals for the entire school week. Pick up is available at Chalmers is 1pm (back side of school). Pick-up times for Edison are 8:45-9:15 a.m. and 12:30 –1:00 p.m. (northeast side). 


Why is this important?  

Meals are more important than ever before to help families save money and stretch their food budgets. Without access to regular nutritious meals, kids can suffer long-term consequences, both academically and in overall growth and development. School meals provide families with peace-of-mind and ensure they continue to receive the health benefits school meals provide. Let us take care of you. During a global pandemic, the last thing parents need to worry about is how their child will eat. We’ve got you covered!