Great news for food-insecure students in the Borderland, free school lunches will continue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and communities have been struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Businesses were shut down, employees were furloughed and people needed help. Thankfully, kids in public school were given help by the school meal programs that continued while kids began distance learning. Now, the federal government has made the decision to extend the program.

The Department of Agriculture announced this week that they would continue pandemic flexibilities including free lunches for schools and daycare facilities. These meals are typically provided only during the summer but because of the pandemic was continued during the school year. The Department of Agriculture announced they would continue with the universal free lunch program through June of next year at no charge.

The program can include breakfast, lunch, and snacks and include nutritional items like fruits, vegetables, and more. There are up to 12 million children who live in households that don't have enough to eat.  This is great news for families who are still struggling to make ends meet. You can read the entire press release and see what else the program includes at the Department of Agriculture website.

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