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From Superintendent Sandra Short - Grab and Go Meals

SFSP “Grab n Go Lunch” ... Because Even During a Pandemic, Kids get Hungry...

Hello! Thank you for supporting our schools and our students!

I am writing to let you know how much our staff cares about our students and their families. Because we care about our children, we want to help you by providing the children the nutrition they need in order to learn, play, and grow, especially during this stressful time! Our state, district food service team, and staff are committed to providing nutritious meals to support all of our families.

Many changes have happened recently, and we know there are many questions and concerns. Several questions are about our meal program, and we want to answer them if possible.

“Grab n Go Lunch” is much like our Summer Lunch Bunch, we are just starting it early this year. Please, see the list of questions and answers below addressing questions you may have. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the District Office at 785-475-3805. Note: according to Federal Guidelines, because “Grab n Go Lunch” is a federal program for children, the child must be present to receive their eligible meal(s).

I want to thank you for partnering with our team in the education of your children! Take care and be safe,
Mrs. Short

What is the “Grab n Go Lunch”?
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. “Grab n Go Lunch” provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, normally throughout the summer months when they are out of school. We call it “Grab n Go Lunch”. This month due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the government has allowed us to start the program early to help families

How does “Grab n Go Lunch” operate?
The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers “Grab n Go Lunch” at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the program in most States. Locally, “Grab n Go Lunch” is run by approved sponsors, including school districts, local government agencies, camps, or private nonprofit organizations. Sponsors provide free meals to children. They receive payments from USDA, through their State agencies, for the meals they serve to children at eligible sites.

Where & When does “Grab n Go Lunch” operate?
States approves “Grab n Go Lunch” meal sites as open, enrolled, or camp sites. USD 294 Oberlin is enrolled as a meal site. At the meal site, meals are served free to any child at the open site. Enrolled sites provide free meals to children. The Location right now is the South Door of the DCHS kitchen from 11am – 1pm.

Who is eligible to get meals?
Children 1-18 may receive free meals and snacks through “Grab n Go Lunch”. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.

How many meals do participants receive each day?

At most sites, children receive either one or two reimbursable meals each day. Note: According to Federal Guidelines: The child must be present in order to receive the meal. Service available at South Kitchen door of DCHS from 11am – 1pm Monday – Friday. Due to COVID-19 there is to be no congregation of people. Drive through and please observe social distancing to protect you and our staff! Thank you!!!

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