MBUSD Offers Free Meals For All Students
Sep 14, 2020 09:29AM
By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach schools is offering free breakfast and lunch to ALL students - regardless of income level - through December 31, thanks to the extension of federal relief grants.
The program comes on the heels of an announcement by USDA that it would extend federal funding to feed all students through the end of the year. Previously, the funding had only extended through the summer months.
"This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement. "USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available."
Again - to clarify - the program is free to all students, regardless of income level. You will not "take lunches away" from any needy child if you participate in this program. In fact, you will help support the cafeteria staff if you utilize this program.
How To Order Free Meals
All students at Manhattan Beach public schools are eligible to order the free breakfast and lunch.
To participate, you must order the meals online at MBCampusCafe.org before 9:00 a.m. on the day of your lunch order. See the menus here. Multiple days' meals may be ordered in advance, although students are asked not to order more than two days in advance.
The student or their parent/guardian may then pick up the meals at the student's school between 11:15 and 12:30 p.m. See the meal pickup locations here. (EDP students and preschool students will have their meals delivered to their classrooms.)
Two important notes: First, all food is picked up during the lunch hour. If you ordered breakfast, you will receive it during the lunch pickup to be eaten the following day.
Second, if you order a lunch but do not pick it up, you will be charged the cost of the lunch.