Wichita school district providing free meals for students until end of 2020
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The largest school district in Kansas is providing free meals to its students until the end of 2020, thanks to a federal program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The USDA program is in direct response to families' financial struggles from the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Thursday (Sept. 17), Wichita Public Schools began hauling thousands of meals to 12 schools across the district.:
- Chester Lewis Academic Learning Center, 1847 N. Chautauqua
- Coleman Middle School, 1544 N. Governeour
- Curtis Middle School, 1031 S. Edgemoor
- Hadley Middle School, 1101 Dougherty
- Hamilton Middle School, 1407 S. Broadway
- Heights High School, 5301 N. Hillside
- Jardine Middle School, 3550 Ross Parkway
- Marshall Middle School, 1520 Payne
- Pleasant Valley Middle School, 2770 W. 29th Street North
- South High School, 701 W. 33rd St. South
- West High School, 820 S. Osage
- Wilbur Middle School, 1030 N. Tyler
The Wichita school district said the free meals are for students enrolled in-person or in its MySchool Remote online learning. With the program, families of remote learners will pick up meals from 5 to 6 p.m. each Thursday.
The program, offering free meals to thousands of students across Wichita, runs through the end of December, or until the federal funding runs out.
For caregivers like Misti Potter, the program is a welcome boost.
“I am caring for my grandson. This is his first year of school, and you know, it’s a little harder on the finances, so this helped me tremendously,” she said. “Thank you so much.”
The school district said families will not be charged for school meals they received during the first week of school.
“USDA did the right thing for our families and our children, and we’re thankful for it,” said Wichita Public Schools Director of Nutrition Services David Paul.
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