• By Mercedes Parham
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020

Free meal waiver extended to Muscogee County


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- On August 31, 2020, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a waiver to extend the Seamless Summer Option. This qualifies all children, ages 0-18, for free meals. The Muscogee County School District will observe the USDA waiver September 14-December 31, 2020, or until federal funding is no longer available.

Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup for all children, whether observing virtual or in-person instruction, each Monday through Friday, 10:30-11:15 a.m., at all District school sites. Students continuing virtual instruction will continue to pick up meals in this manner. In-person students will receive meals on site according to each school’s specified meal schedules according to the District’s choice model implementation plan.

While the waiver is in place, the District encourages parents with students who attend any of the 12 paying, non-Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, to complete a free and reduced meal application prior to September 29, 2020. Once the waiver ends, paying schools will require payment for meals based upon each student’s status on record. Applications are available on the District's website, at each school, or at the Public Education Center on 2960 Macon Road.

Safety guidelines for social distancing and protective personal equipment will be observed, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to prevent the spread of illness.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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 original, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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