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Schools to offer free meals through end of school year

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The USDA extended its Summer Food Service Program through June 2021, allowing WCS and FSSD to continue serving free cafeteria meals to students through the end of the school year.

Williamson County Schools and the Franklin Special School District will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

This is a result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing this week that it is extending its Summer Food Service Program through June 2021.

Because of this extension, student meals will continue to be free this school year for all WCS and FSSD students, including those who are in the online program and those who are learning remotely.

"Nutrition and education go hand-in-hand," WCS Food Services Director James Remete said. "If we can continue to offer nutritious meals to students at no cost, then that's one less thing our families have to worry about."

The free meals do not include a la carte items, snack items or extra entrees, which may still be purchased at full price.

"We are happy the federal government was able to extend this program though the rest of the school year," said FSSD Communications Director Susannah Gentry.

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