From the Desk of Patrick McKernan
Dear USD 429 Parents and Guardians:
Congress Does Not Extend Child Nutrition Waivers
On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the federal government through September. This bill does not extend pandemic child nutrition waivers for school meals programs which are set to expire on June 30th. This means that after June 30th, USDA will no longer have authority to provide the higher Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement rates, allow all schools to serve free meals to all students, or extend the broad regulatory flexibility Child Nutrition Programs have relied on for the last two years.
As a result, School Nutrition Program Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications will be needed to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals for SY2022-23. We wanted to make sure you are aware of this change.
Patrick E. McKernan
Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal
Troy USD 429