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Columbia Heights Public Schools Offers FREE Meals to Children 18 and Younger

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) is excited to be able to offer FREE meals to all students ages 18 and younger through funding made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

The District began delivering meal kits to students on the first day of school (Sept. 8) to provide food during the Heights from Home learning model this fall. Each student’s meal kit includes five (5) breakfasts (entree, fruit, milk) and five (5) lunches (entree, fruit, vegetable, milk). Before the announcement about free meals, the District was delivering meals at the standard rate for students, and free/reduced for those who qualified.

Meals will be free for all students ages 18 and younger until Dec. 31, 2020 or until funding runs out (whichever occurs first). Families should still fill out the Application for Educational Benefits (free/reduced lunch form) as it provides additional benefits to the student and the District. For such the time when the free meals end, students will need an application on file to receive free/reduced lunch.

“We are thankful that MDE and USDA will allow to continue to provide meal free of charge to all students in our District,” said Food Services Manager Maggie Maggio. “I hope families will take advantage of this easy and convenient option.”

Families who have opted in for meal delivery will not be charged for meals already received. If families opted out and would like to receive these free meal kits, they should fill out a new meal delivery survey on the Meal Resources website. The survey must be filled out by Monday, Sept. 14 to receive meal delivery the week of Sept. 21. Delivery may be delayed for requests received after Sept. 14 to allowed additional stops to be added to the bus routes.

For more information, including menus and food resources for non-school days, visit colheightsk12.mn/MealResources.