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.