Food Services Update – April 27, 2022
Early of March 2022, Congress failed to sustain funding for the pandemic child nutrition waivers in their $1.5 trillion dollar federal spending bill for domestic initiatives. What does this mean for MCCSC food service moving forward?
All students will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of income guidelines and qualifications through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. As in years past, we will be offering our summer lunch program from June 6th through July 14th (more specific details on his program will be forthcoming).
Moving forward for the 2022-2023 school year, MCCSC will return to following the federal guidelines of the child nutrition program. Parents wishing to apply for free or reduced lunch for their student(s) will need to complete an application, either online through the link on the food service website, or via paper application from your student’s school. Applications will be available in mid-July. Full price meals for the coming school year have not been finalized.
School nutrition programs in the 2022-2023 school year will be hit especially hard without the flexibility of the pandemic waivers. Programs will struggle to receive funding in a climate where the prices are high and stock is low. However, we are left with a glimmer of hope. On March 31, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the bipartisan Support Kids Not Red Tape Act (S.3979), which would allow MCCSC and school nutrition programs across the country to extend child nutrition waivers currently set to expire at the end of the school year. If passed, it will extend the free meal benefit and the increased funding reimbursement rate for all students through September 2023, greatly helping our corporation recover from the supply chain issues, and offset high food costs and rates of inflation. I encourage you to contact our elected officials and ask them to consider Support Kids Not Red Tape Act.
As Director of the Food Service Department, I would like to thank our dedicated staff for their continued service and creativity during these trying times. A big thank you, also, to the students and families for your continued patience and support of the MCCSC Food Service Program. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any additional concerns.
Respectfully – Matt Tomrell, Director of Food Service