Federal funding has allowed schools to offer free meals to all students through the COVID-19 pandemic, but the funding has run out.  Some Lansing-area schools continue to feed their students for free.

Lansing-area schools continue free lunches after federal exemption ends

LANSING Federal funding that allowed schools to provide free meals to all students has run out, but some Lansing-area schools continue to provide free meals to all students.

During the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA implemented waivers that allowed schools across the country to offer free lunch and breakfast to all students, regardless of whether students and their families qualify based on income. The waiver has not been renewed for the 2022-23 school year, which means many students will once again have to pay for their school meals.

Because the waivers have expired, some schools, including Hult Public Schools, Charlotte Public Schools and Eaton Rapids Public Schools, have limited students’ access to free meals or ended the practice altogether.

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