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Free Meals Available For All Students

Posted Date: 07/06/2021




Caldwell, Kansas 67022 

“Home of the Bluejays” 


July 1, 2021 



Free school meals available for all students  during 2021-2022 school year  

Caldwell, Kansas — The National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option  (SSO) waiver allows all Kansas students the option of free breakfast and lunch each  school day during the 2021-2022 school year – ensuring students are fueled and ready  to learn. 

The waiver allows the SSO to operate when school is open during the regular school  year – through June 30, 2022. It is a continuation of a commitment to provide safe,  healthy meals free of charge to children as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to  threaten food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable – our students, according  to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The waiver also will help schools continue to plan for a safe opening in the fall. For  example, it will eliminate the need to collect meal payments. This speeds up the service  of meals, which reduces contact and potential exposure to COVID-19. 

The USDA’s National School Lunch Program SSO is typically only available during the  summer months. However, extending it allows for a strong emphasis on providing  fruits and vegetables, milk and whole grains while allowing schools to serve the meals  for free. Schools that choose the SSO option will receive higher-than-normal meal  reimbursements for every meal they serve, which will support them in serving the most  nutritious meals possible while managing increased costs associated with operational  and supply chain challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Every meal that is served helps USD 360, Caldwell Schools food service program  financially and keeps local food service staff members employed. 

The free meals, which are safe, nutritious and delicious, help extend family food  budgets, too. 


For more information, contact USD 360, Caldwell Schools. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations  and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering  USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or  reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.  Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where  they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact  USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made  available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form,  (AD-3027) found online at:, and  at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information  requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed  form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) Email: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.