The federal program that allows Winona Area Public Schools to provide free meals for all students in the community has received additional funding. All students in Winona — not just those who attend a WAPS school — will have access to free meals for the remainder of the school year and next summer.
The funding comes from the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021, which was passed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 30. The bill extends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's authority to issue and extend nationwide child nutrition waivers until Sept. 20, 2021. This authority was first granted in March 2020 under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
To start the 2020-21 school year, WAPS is handing out free meals once a week at four locations in Winona. The meals, which include breakfast and lunch, need to be ordered through an online form. Families can pick up meals for one, three or five days.
This program also covers all meals — breakfast and lunch — served to students in school or enrolled in Key Kids child care. If you would like your student to receive the free meals, please make sure they contact their classroom teacher to order breakfast and/or lunch.