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CPSD to continue free breakfast and lunch options in 2021-22 school year 

Clinton Public School District (CPSD) has some great reasons why families should encourage their children to eat school meals – it’s nutritious, delicious, saves time on meal prep, and even better than that – it’s FREE to every student, every day during school year (SY) 2021-2022.

 

CPSD will operate the Seamless Summer Option in conjunction with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program this year. These school meal programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Mississippi Department of Education – Office of Child Nutrition. 

 
As a result of many child nutrition nation-wide waivers being recently passed, all schools (regardless of location) may continue to serve free meals to all students throughout SY 2021-2022. Christell Hicks, CPSD Child Nutrition Director says, “The passing of this legislation helps streamline access for kids to receive quality school meals as well as enhance program flexibility and balance operational needs.” 
 
 
Weekday mornings and evenings can be hectic for families to find time to prepare a healthy breakfast before going to school or work, and/or pack a healthy lunch from home. That’s what makes school meals the best solution. “A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are fueled to learn,” said Keba Laird, CPSD Child Nutrition Supervisor. She adds, “Our child nutrition staff prepare breakfast and lunches every day that are power-packed with vitamins and minerals, meet federal nutrition standards (limiting fat, calories and sodium), and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.” 
 
Breakfast Service The school breakfast program starts on Monday, August 16, 2021. Breakfast is served to students enrolled in K-6th grade schools and Clinton Success Center during the following times: 
  • Clinton Park* 7:10 – 7:45 a.m.
  • Clinton Success Center 7:45 – 8:20 a.m.
  • Northside/ Eastside* 7:10 – 7:40 a.m.
  • Lovett 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
    (*Car riders must be in the cafeteria no later than 7:30 a.m.) 
 
Lunch Service The school lunch program starts on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Lunch is served to students enrolled in K-12th grade schools and Clinton Success Center. 
 
The CPSD Department of Child Nutrition is committed to providing safe and nutritious meals to all children. Our goal is to raise awareness of school meal programs and to promote the links between eating nutritiously, academic achievement, and healthy lifestyles. Please encourage your children to eat school meals daily to ensure they are well nourished and ready to learn.
 
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