School Meals Temporarily Free of Charge to Students

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is extending several federal programs to provide school meals at no charge to students. The extension is meant to help ensure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that school breakfast and school lunch will be free of charge to all Pal-Mac students until federal program funding runs out, or until December 31, 2020 - whichever comes first.  


The district will not collect money from any students for breakfast or lunch for as long as the federal extension continues. When the federal extension ends, regular meal prices will be $1.75 for breakfast and $2.85 for lunch. Families who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals are still strongly encouraged to apply, in order to continue uninterrupted free meal service when the current federal program ends. The 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Application is available on the Food Services page.


Meals are available free of charge to both in-person and remote learning students. School meals for remote learners will be available for pickup on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Please visit for more details or to sign up for the pickup service.   


Note that only full, regular student meals are free of charge. Payment is still required for a la carte items and adult meals for staff.

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