First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau schools announce changes to meal program

They start on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and are expected to last through December.

Starting Tuesday, breakfast and lunch will be free and available to all Juneauites 18 and younger, Juneau School District announced.

The United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program reinstated the flexible meal program the district offered last spring in response to the pandemic, according to a news release from the district.The 18 and younger limit does not apply to Juneau School District students. It’s anticipated that the program will last through the end of December.

Weekend meals will also be free and distributed at the end of the school week beginning on Friday, Sept. 11, according to the district.

“We are thankful that we can again provide free meals seven days a week to the youth of our community in times like these,” said Adrianne Schwartz, Juneau School District food service supervisor, in a news release. “The district, along with our partners, NANA Management Services and First Student, will be ready on Tuesday to increase the distribution to more families.”

While the schools have been in the distance-delivery education format, meals have been distributed by either pick-up at schools or delivery by First Student. Parents and caregivers can pick up meals 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday at any school.

Menus and other information are available at https://www.juneauschools.org/food-services-eb6a5f9d.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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