USDA extends free meals for kids through end of the school year

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

What this means for South Colonie Families

Remote & Hybrid Learners

For families who have children participating in a remote or hybrid learning setting, enrolled students and other children under the age of 18 in the household are eligible for meal delivery free of charge.  *Please note that families will have to confirm their participation in the program by contacting the Food Services Department.

    On-Site Students

    Students who are attending school in-person will not have to pay for breakfast or lunch for the 2020-21 school year.


    USDA previously extended child nutrition waivers through December 2020 based upon available funding at the time. The flexibilities extended will allow schools and other local program operators to continue to leverage the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide no-cost meals to all children, available at over 90,000 sites across the country, through June 30, 2021.

    More Info

    For questions, please contact Annette Chamberlain at