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School Meals Temporarily Free of Charge to Students

School Meals Temporarily Free of Charge to Students
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is extending several federal programs to provide school meals at no charge to students. The extension is meant to help ensure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that school breakfast and school lunch will be free of charge to all Marion students until federal program funding runs out, or until December 31, 2020 - whichever comes first.  
 
The district will not collect money from any students for breakfast or lunch for as long as the federal extension continues. When the federal extension ends, regular meal prices will be $1.75 for breakfast and $2.80 for lunch. Families who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals are still strongly encouraged to apply, in order to continue uninterrupted free meal service when the current federal program ends.  The 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Application is available at www.marioncs.org or from the main office in either building.
 
Note that only full, regular student meals are free of charge. Payment is still required for a la carte items and adult meals for staff.