Free meal programs to continue into uncertain school year

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The school year is quickly approaching and school districts are trying to iron out the details of how the year will operate. One of those big details is making sure students have access to food.

Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, school districts have been forced to scrap a lot of the plans they have been working on all summer. One of their top priorities is to make sure students are fed.

The Grants Pass School District is going to continue its meal program into the school year, even though the future of students on campus is uncertain. According to Grants Pass School District Communications Specialist Kristin Hosfelt, they will be handing out meals every weekday to kids (students) regardless of what learning model they’re in.

Not only will meals be available in specific locations, they will also have busses traveling with meals for better access.

“We know that kids need fuel to focus. So we want to make sure through a variety of means we’re able to provide meals, so that those kids have that fuel,” said Hosfelt.

If you are a parent of a student in a district that qualifies for the free-reduced lunch program, like the Grants Pass School District, you will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail. This will happen even if your child is not enrolled in the program.

The funds on those cards will last 12 months.

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