Free Meals Program Extended for Pottsgrove Students

Free meals continue for Pottsgrove students to Dec. 31

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – What was old is new again, at least for now, for the Pottsgrove School District meals distribution program, it happily reported Thursday (Sept. 3, 2020) in e-mails to student families.

Meals for all district students are once more being offered free – just as they were between March and June – thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture extension of its Seamless Summer Option program. It will continue to supply food and funding that made possible the once-weekly, no-charge “grab-and-go” pick ups of breakfasts and lunches by families in need.

The program, however, has its limits. Specifically, Pottsgrove warned, the extension lasts only until Dec. 31. What happens after that isn’t yet clear, it acknowledged.

Also, unlike during Monday’s (Aug. 31) first meals distribution of the 2020-2021 academic year, pick-ups at Pottsgrove Middle School on North Hanover Street will end, according to the Agriculture Department.

District provides new meals pick-up procedures

Here are the district’s new guidelines for meals distribution:

  • When and where? Meals can be picked up on the first school day weekly from either Lower Pottsgrove or West Pottsgrove elementary schools. Either site can be chosen, and both will operate during two separate time periods: 10 a.m. to noon, and 6-7:30 p.m.
  • No IDs needed. There is no longer a need by those collecting the food to display student identification cards that were created by the district for each student and mailed to their families. However, families should keep the cards safe and available. If Agriculture Department funding ends Dec. 31, or even before if money runs out sooner than expected, qualified families may need student IDs to continue receiving meals.
  • For Rolling Hills families unable to travel to distribution sites, the district is coordinating its efforts with the community social worker and the non-profit Project Purpose organization to pick up and deliver meals to them.

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