There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted ALL families in some manner. Especially so from a financial standpoint. Many of the nation's education organizations have lobbied both the USDE and USDA to extend the waivers and continue offering meals to students at no cost.
Last week, the USDA which has oversight of the school breakfast and lunch programs, announced an indefinite extension of the waivers.
Extension of the waivers means that Dixon R-1 students for the indefinite future, ALL breakfast and lunch meals will be FREE to ALL students!!! YES, you read that correctly, FREE to all students REGARDLESS of income.
It is comforting to know that despite having to be pressured into doing the right thing, extending programs that feed students is good for Kids, good for their families, good for our schools, and good for our nation's farmers.
We ask that if your child has a negative balance that you use this time to try and catch that balance up. If your student has a positive balance it will remain in their account until we return to normal and everyone goes back to their regular lunch program.
If you still have an outstanding free/reduced application, those are still needed. Please return ASAP.
Keep in mind this extension could stop at any time and everyone will go back to the program they were on to begin with.