All Coweta County School System students will be able to receive free school breakfasts and lunches starting Monday, Sept. 14, through a temporary expansion of federal nutrition funding.
The USDA has provided funding and waivers of school nutrition to provide free student meals through Dec. 31, or until funding for the program ends.
Free meals are available daily to in-person students, and also to all CCSS Empower or hybrid students. To participate in Empower or hybrid curbside meal pick-up, parents should register students online on their base school websites or here .
Participants in curbside pickup will pick up five breakfasts and five lunches each Monday curbside from their base school.
Parents of online students can check their school’s website or call the school’s cafeteria for pick-up times. Students who are signed up will not have to be present for parents to collect the meals.
The federal program still requires payment for school system employee and adult school meals, as well as additional student meals (beyond one breakfast and lunch per day).
The USDA program is an expansion of the Seamless Summer Option meal program, which was expanded in response to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Through the program, Coweta Schools provided more than 100,000 meals to Coweta children in the spring and summer.
School Nutrition Director Keshia Williams said that while all students will receive free meals under the expanded fall program, those eligible for free or reduced-price meals should still sign up online.
“Once this expansion ends, meals will then be sold regularly, and it will be important to have a student’s eligibility for the free and reduced price program established,” Williams said.
Deadline for application for free or reduced-price meals is Sept. 24. Applications are available at www.cowetaschools.net/school-nutrition-0bdd9daa .