Kalamazoo Public Schools will begin providing meals for seven days a week after Labor Day.
Through a waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the district has been approved for Community Eligibility Provisions as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs for the 2020-21 school year. That means the district will be able to increase its breakfast and lunch programs from five days to seven days.
KPS will provide three days-worth of breakfasts and lunches on Tuesdays, and four days-worth of food on Thursdays.
The free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to 26 years old who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public educational agency. Meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
The meals may be picked up by any adult or child. There is no income requirement for participation. The district will not require IDs or names of students.
Families are asked to complete the Household Information Report. The report is used to determine the amount of money the district receives from a variety of state and federal supplemental programs, such as Title 1 A, At-risk, Title II A, E-Rate, etc., which are vital to the district. The programs help provide funding for staff, supplies, counseling, parent engagement and technology. Forms have been mailed home and can be found here.