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Calvert County Public Schools Will Offer Free Meals and Snacks

Prince Frederick, Md - March 17, 2020 - During the outbreak of COVID-19, Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) recognizes the importance of providing food to families that are affected by school and business closures. On March 18, CCPS will begin distribution of free meals and snacks at three locations.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We are very happy that our Child Nutrition Office has worked quickly to channel resources to our families. Our meal distribution sites are located in areas that are aligned with the regulations established by the United States Department of Agriculture, but all of our families are welcome to utilize the service.”

The program is open to all children ages 2-18, regardless of where they live or attend school. Children do not need to be eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits in order to participate; they must, however, be present when parents and guardians pick up the meals. CCPS has received a waiver of the federal regulation to consume meals on site and will instead be offering grab ‘n go bag meals, utilizing a drive-through delivery system, in order to maximize social distancing. Each child will receive a lunch and snack, along with breakfast for the following day.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) determines which areas are eligible to host a meal site utilizing either free and reduced-price eligibility numbers or U.S. Census data. Although no schools are located in the eligible areas in Calvert County, the Office of Child Nutrition collaborated with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and was able to receive approval to operate the meal sites at three schools closest to the eligible areas. The school locations will allow program staff to quickly access additional supplies, as well as utilize temperature-controlled storage.

The CCPS Child Nutrition Office will continue to be in contact with the School and Community Nutrition Branch of MSDE, keeping abreast of revised regulations and additional opportunities to meet the needs of our students.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the meal distribution program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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