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Published 3/14/2020

USDA: Schools May Serve Meals During State-Mandated Closure 

Durand Schools Announces Student Meals Available Beginning Monday at Various Locations



The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) request to waive the regulatory requirement that children eat meals together and at schools during unanticipated school closures. This waiver takes immediate effect.

These meals, served under the program called Unanticipated School Closure SFSP, are available to all children at no cost. Under the waiver, the meals would not be required to be served in a group setting. This waiver assists Michigan’s school food service staff to make sure kids receive nutritious meals during the school closure announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer March 12, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

This waiver allows providers of school meals to explore other options for serving meals to students during this time. These options, such as allowing parents and children to pick up meals at a designated location or delivering meals to school bus stops, are meant to support the “social distancing” recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and to help local school districts provide food to children in need at the same time.

Schools and sponsors that participate in Unanticipated School Closure SFSP help ensure children do not experience a lapse in food security with schools being closed from March 16, 2020, through April 5, 2020.

Durand Area Schools announced on Friday that it would make available sack lunches to all students 18 and under beginning March 16th at the following times and locations:

Bancroft: Veterans Memorial Park, 11-11:30am
Durand: Optimist Park, 11:45am-12:15pm
Lennon: Old Doyle Knight Elementary, 12:30-1pm

Lunches will be provided Monday through Friday, March 16th through 27th.  Lunches will not be provided the week of spring break.

If you have questions, call the food service department at 989-288-8957.



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