Posted Date: 10/29/2020
Atlanta ISD will begin offering free breakfast and lunch to ALL students beginning Monday, November 2, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the USDA is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children ages 0-18 throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. Students do not have to meet free and reduced meal guidelines to qualify for this program, and therogram covers students who are both in-person and remote. The USDA stresses that this will be temporary, and will continue this program through the end of the 2020-2021 school year as long as funding is available. This funding does not apply to the next school year at this time.
Superintendent Sidney Harrist said “We are grateful for the heroic efforts of our school food service workers who are consistently serving healthy meals to kids during these trying times, and we also want to help our families as much as possible. Families can be assured that their students will have access to healthy school meals, whether they are learning at home or in school. AISD appreciates USDA’s ongoing efforts to address the many challenges we have faced while working on the frontlines to feed hungry children.”
Atlanta ISD will be offering free meals to all students in-person and through curbside pick-up for remote students. Curbside pick-up will only be offered at Atlanta Middle School, but all children ages 0-18 may participate. Call the AISD Food Service Coordinator, Shawn Mendoza, at 903-796-4194 to request curbside meals.
This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.