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USDA program means free Kearney Public School lunches

Kearney student Emmett Clay having lunch at Meadowlark Elementary school.  A USDA program will provide free lunches to KPS students this fall.
Kearney student Emmett Clay having lunch at Meadowlark Elementary school. A USDA program will provide free lunches to KPS students this fall.(Kearney Public Schools)
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:15 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Parents of students in the Kearney Public Schools are getting a break this fall.

The district announced Friday that the USDA has granted KPS a waiver to provide free meals to students in each building starting next week.

The program starts Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Dec. 22, or until the funds run out.

The waiver program requires students to choose a complete meal containing at least three items, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. Extra food items like second entrees, additional milk, or other ala carte items are not included in the waiver. Students will need to have money in their Bearcat Diner account or pay cash for extra items.

A KPS spokesperson said the district serves its students about 4,500 breakfast and lunch meals every day. The USDA will reimburse the district for meals served through Dec. 22 or until USDA funds for this program run out.

This waiver is only for student meals. Meal prices will return to normal status in January.

Menus will be subject to change due to product availability.

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