The Diocese of Alexandria Child Nutrition Program was approved by the Louisiana Dept. of Education to begin serving FREE breakfast and lunches to all actively enrolled students in any one of our eight Catholic schools (St. Anthony, St. Mary Assumption, St. Joseph, Sacred Heart, Holy Savior Menard, OLPS, St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Mary Elementary & High)! This is in thanks to the USDA approving school systems to receive funding under the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
The announcement came from USDA on August 31st to extend the August 31, 2020 deadline, allowing the continuation of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meaning school systems can serve free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure no matter what the situation is on the ground that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.
Starting Monday, September 14, ALL enrolled students in our schools are eligible to receive ONE free breakfast AND ONE free lunch each day with NO paperwork for families to complete! Free meals will continue through December 2020, or until USDA Summer Food Service Program funding is no longer available, therefore free second servings are not allowed. Please note that we will continue to accept Free and Reduced Meal Applications during this time to ensure that we are prepared when funding for this program runs out. Any student needing to complete an application should do so.
Students will also be able to continue to purchase second servings of menu items, and all Smart Snack items, juices and bottled water as long as there is money in their lunch accounts to do so or be prepared to pay with cash.
All positive meal account balances will remain in the student’s account for when we must switch back to the National School Lunch Program on or before December 31, 2020. We encourage parents to take this time to catch up on all outstanding charges their child may have at this time. An account statement will come home this week, please pay any outstanding charges now.
We encourage all students to participate. The Diocese of Alexandria greatly appreciates USDA for addressing the critical challenges shared by our employees serving students on the front lines and by allowing our school nutrition professionals to focus on nourishing children for success.
Thomas Roque, Superintendent of Schools
Janet Burgess, Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program