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On August 31, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) passed a waiver providing schools with funds from the Federal Government to feed all students at no charge this fall.  The purpose of this federal program is to minimize the challenges of meal service during a pandemic. 

When schools closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, USDA waivers allowed schools to offer grab and go meals under the Summer Food service program/ Seamless Summer Option. These programs have permitted schools to serve any child at no charge without having to verify student eligibility for free meals. 

What does this mean for your child?  Starting September 14th  ALL students will be provided free meals while at school. We also offer breakfast at Ottawa Glandorf High school and Ottawa Elementary which your child can receive for free. This program will be offered until December 31, 2020 or until funds run out,  whichever comes first.  Money available in the students account will not be used to purchase meals until the waiver funds run out, unless your child purchases ala carte or extra items. 

If your child packs a lunch from home the price to purchase a milk is $0.45. If your child/children would like to have more than one milk with their meal it will be $0.45 charge for each extra milk.  We will also offer a la-carte items for purchase. Students in grades 4-12 can purchase an extra entree for $1.50 and students in grades 4-12 are able to purchase extra items such as chips, cookies, muffins, drinks (prices vary).  Your child must have money on his/her account to purchase the extras and ala-carte items, as they are not a part of the USDA waiver.

We want to reiterate that the funds to supply these free meals is being provided by the Federal Government through the USDA.   There will not be any local district funds used to support this program.

Thank you,


Colleen Halker

Cafeteria Supervisor