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How To Get Free Food For Your Family This Fall

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The USDA has extended its Summer Food Service Program, so free meals are available to all children—even if they’re in virtual school, or you don’t qualify for (or didn’t apply for) the free/reduced lunch program. The benefits are available through the end of 2020, or until available federal funding runs out. 

Each community has its own ways of getting food to kids and families. You can call 1-866-348-6479 to find meal distribution sites near you, or follow these 2 simple steps:

1) Click the USDA meal finder map and search by zip code.

2) Contact that school or site at the number provided to check on their meal distribution hours and requirements.

Good nutrition is important at every stage of development. We hope this tool is helpful to you or someone you love!


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Andrea is a mindfulness and yoga teacher, as well as an independent education consultant in Washington D.C. with expertise in child development, social-emotional learning and personalized learning. Andrea formerly lead a $500 million program for the U.S. Department of Education but still talks about her first job as a high school dropout prevention counselor.