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School nutrition programs announce meal options for students during closure

UPDATED 3/26/20:  

 

The Delaware Department of Education has received a federal waiver that removes the requirement that children be present for families to receive children's meals. Program accountability and integrity will need to be maintained, and parents/guardians should only pick up meals for the children in their households.

 

Please find more information below and at the linked website. Note that many meal sites have moved to schedules in which they distribute multiple days' meals on specified days to reduce the times staff and families must be in public.  Please see the linked meal site for the most up-to-date information; it is updated as dates and sites change.

 

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The Delaware Department of Education has received a waiver from the federal government to allow school nutrition programs to provide meals to students during the closure.

“We know that many of our students depend on the meals they receive in schools as their main source of food. Receiving waivers for the operation of the federal School Nutrition Programs means that most of our districts and charter schools will be able to provide meals for students who may need them during the time they are not in school due to COVID-19,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said. “Additionally, the state is in communication with other organizations that may assist in the provision of meals for students during this time.”

We have posted a current list of open meal sites for students here. The list may be updated as we receive new information. Families may pick up meal bags for children 18 and under who live in their home. Any family needing additional information may contact their district or charter office.

Alison May
alison.may@doe.k12.de.us
(302) 735-4006