The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers which will provide free meals to all children, 18 and under, in the community of Craig County through June 30, 2021.
Superintendent Jeanette Warwick submitted a press release online to all parents of the good news.
These waivers of provision support access to serving nutritious meals while their hopes are to minimize exposure to COVID-19.
However, the new school year requires each parent to submit a new meal application for each household.
Although the school meals will be provided free to all children, the school funding depends on the competition of the applications. Meals are available to all children, “including those learning in person or virtually, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.”
“It must be completed if you have not already been notified that your student is approved for free meals,” she shared.
They ask each parent to complete this as soon as possible by logging into www.craig.k12.va.us. Additional information is also available on this website.
Dietary Manager Sherry Crowder added that if a parent is unable to complete the application online, they can go by the school to obtain one or contact her at 540-864-8209 and she will be glad to send one home with their children or mail one to their home.
It is noted that meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at Craig County High School. Times of meal service will be 10:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
However, Crowder shared that, “The meals are on a first come, first serve basis, but we always have plenty of food. If we would run short of the menu items, we have other foods to fix a reimbursable lunch and breakfast.”
If parents have any questions, they are encouraged to call the school or go online to view the entire press release.
Again, Craig County schools are active in providing as much for their students as they can to help parents lighten the load during this pandemic season.