All students in the Auburn School District will receive free lunches and school supplies starting this year

The Auburn School District announced that all students will receive free breakfast and lunch, as well as all necessary school supplies for the upcoming school year and beyond.

All students will be eligible for free meals beginning in September through the end of the 2026 school year, after the district is approved to operate federally Community eligibility provisiona meal service option for schools in low-income areas.

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“Being able to continue to provide healthy and nutritious meals to all students is a great support for Auburn families,” Associate Superintendent Cindi Blansfield said.

The United States Department of Agriculture has allowed all K-12 students across the country to receive free meals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that program expired at the end of the year. school year 2021-2022.

The district says it typically serves about 9,500 lunches and 5,500 breakfasts each day during the school year.

ASD will also provide students all necessary school supplies starting this fall.

“We are excited to make sure students have the supplies they need to succeed in school,” Blansfield said. “We believe this is a big step forward to better support our students and their families.”

The district will distribute year-specific school supplies to students during the first week of school and restock supplies as needed throughout the year.

District schools will also have supplies on hand for new students who enroll during the school year.

“The district made this change as part of its strategy to put equity into action,” reads in part a statement on the ASD’s website. “For some families, the purchase of school supplies strains the family budget. This change provides every student with the appropriate school supplies for learning and removes the burden on families to purchase them. »

A complete list of supplies each year’s students will receive is available on the constituency website.

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