D51 to offer free school meals again in 2021-22

D51 to offer free school meals again in 2021-22
Posted on 08/11/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - All students in Mesa County Valley School District 51 are eligible for free school breakfast and lunch again this year!
This will be the second consecutive school year that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering increased flexibility to help school districts feed more hungry students healthy, nutritious meals without the barrier of charging them (click here for more information). Students in buildings without a cafeteria will be visited by the Lunch Lizard food truck.  Families in remote learning can pick up meals in any D51 cafeteria.
While families do not need to fill out a free or reduced-price school meal application this year in order to eat for free at school, there are still reasons to fill out a meal application at myschoolsapps.com. For example, free or reduced-price school meal applications can qualify your family for a waiver of student and athletic fees, testing fees, bus passes, and utility discounts. Families who fill our a meal application may also be eligible for additional funding for food through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit program. In addition, the percentage of free and reduced-price school meal applicants in a school helps determine funding for afterschool programs, nutrition programs, and instructional services.
Healthy students with full tummies are better prepared for learning, perform better academically, and have fewer behavioral issues in the classroom. District 51 invites all students to try school meals! Breakfast and lunch menus are available here, or through the yellow School Menus button at d51schools.org. 

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