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JPS To Continue Offering No Cost Breakfast & Lunch Meals

July 30, 2021

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Jackson Public Schools Child Nutrition will continue serving breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to our scholars and their families. The program is made possible by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Options extension of waivers during COVID 19. 

Each school day, schools will offer scholars meals that are healthy and satisfying. Students may choose four components for breakfast: the USDA recommends two bread choices or one bread and a meat alternate, fruit, and a dairy choice. Students have up to five selections per meal for lunch, including a lean protein, two fruit or vegetable items, one bread, and a dairy choice.

School nutrition is an essential part of the school day, say experts. To learn well, children must eat well. Quality foods provide them with the energy they need to grow, focus and learn. Not to mention, this is a learning experience in itself by teaching scholars how to make healthy selections when putting together a meal.

"We are looking forward to seeing our scholars in school buildings again," said Marc Rowe, JPS Child Nutrition Executive Director. "We are working to provide safe service plans that work within each school environment. Our Child Nutrition teams are already involved in meal planning and preparing for our scholars' return. We understand our critical role in providing students and staff with healthy, satisfying meals daily."

The school year begins for JPS students on Monday, August 9. The District plans to return to full in-person instruction for all scholars, with exceptions for scholars with verifiable health concerns. Accordingly, we will scale back considerably meal services to accommodate those families who need them.

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