Posted Date: 12/01/2020
Union Public Schools will now offer FREE food to children through June 30, 2021 after the Department of Agriculture extended a federal waiver allowing school districts across the country to offer free meals to all children.
The extension means that Union can serve meals at no cost to any child, age 0-18 years of age in the community, without a student ID or proof of enrollment.
The USDA – in an unprecedented move, due to the pandemic – made school breakfast and lunch available FREE to all children through December but recently extended its waiver through June. This decision means that even students who are not ordinarily part of the free or reduced lunch programs will also be included in these free meal distributions. You also do not have to attend Union Public Schools in order to receive free meals.
Lisa Griffin, director of Child Nutrition, also expects to make more exciting announcements in the weeks ahead.
And while students attending school in-person get free meals, the service continues to be free for virtual learning students and any non-Union students also.
Virtual learning students and any non-Union children may now pick-up meals – lunch and breakfast – each weekday. (In-person students eat for free at school also.)
Instead of placing orders ahead of time, families now will visit a delivery site as needed. Once you arrive at the site, you will call a phone number to arrange curbside delivery.
Weekday pick-up will be offered as follows:
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Every Weekday at:
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Every Weekday at:
9 to 10 a.m. Every Weekday at:
10 to 11 a.m. Every Weekday at:
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Every Weekday at:
4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Evening Pick-Up at:
Starting Monday, November 16, evening pickup will be 4:40 to 5:45 p.m. at the 8th Grade Center, 6501 S. Garnett, only.
Currently, Union will pass out two day’s worth of meals on Thursdays and Fridays to cover the weekend at these sites: Cedar Ridge, Moore, Darnaby, Andersen, Ellen Ochoa, and High School.
Starting November 1, Peters will offer weekend meals on Fridays (3 days worth-Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) and the Union 6th/7th Grade Center will offer two days of meals on Thursdays and Fridays, and 8th Grade will offer Friday, Saturday, and Sunday meals on Fridays.
Super Snack Meals
Union Public Schools will now offer “Super Snacks” to take home after school at Clark, Grove, Jarman, McAuliffe, Jefferson, Moore, Peters, and Rosa Parks. "Hopefully, these nutritious super snack foods will provide some nourishment for your students when they get home and provide your family some relief and assistance with food, Child Nutrition Director Lisa Griffin said. “We will also send a weeks’ worth of educational resources, links, and activities they can do at home in the meals sent home on Mondays.”
These free meals are being made possible by the United States Department of Agriculture, School Meals program, and are to provide assistance to families during the Covid-19 pandemic. If your student/s ride the bus, we ask that they wait until they get home to eat these snacks.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer your students these ‘Super Snacks’ and hope they enjoy them,” Griffin said. “We will offer these at more sites as we get approved by the SDE.”