Breaking News

Bucks County schools tout extension of free school meal program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended waivers for the free meal program, meaning school districts in Bucks County and throughout the nation can continue providing what officials here say is a  lifeline to students and families.

The waiver is now extended through June 30, 2022, and comes at the direction of the Biden Administration.

Workers assemble various items for meals that students may take home outside one Centennial School District school's entrance.

“USDA will remain relentless in ensuring our nation’s children get the critical nutrition they need,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “States and districts wanted waivers extended to plan for safe reopening in the fall. USDA answered the call to help America’s schools and childcare institutions serve high quality meals while being responsive to their local needs as children safely return to their regular routines.

“This action also increases the reimbursement rate to school meal operators so they can serve healthy foods to our kids. It’s a win-win for kids, parents and schools.”