Alabama Schools Still Serving Breakfast & Lunch During Coronavirus
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Alabama Schools Still Serving Breakfast & Lunch During Coronavirus

The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing public schools in Alabama to continue feeding their students while they are closed due to concerns over the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

School districts will decide how meal offerings will work on an individual basis. For more information about your school distict's meal program, contact your school district directly or visit their website. You can also check al.com's list of schools serving lunch and how to participate. 

If you are unable to leave your home to participate in the school meal program in your district, contact your local food bank for information on how to have meals delivered to your home. You can also visit breakforaplate.com or dial 211 for more information. 

Message from the Alabama State Department of Education

With the short-term closure of Alabama schools until April 6 due to COVID-19 precautions, students in need of breakfast and lunch will have access to free meals at sites across the state. 

Free breakfasts and lunches will be distributed to any child aged 18 and younger, at sites across the state. 

No paperwork is required, but children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive these meals. To maintain “social distancing”, the meals must be picked up “to go” and will not be consumed at the distribution location. 

Because many of the 720,000 Alabama students impacted live in areas of poverty, it is important that they receive a healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch every weekday they are at home instead of school. 

Visit www.breakforaplate.com, or call 211 today for more information. 

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said, “The State Department of Education already has an effective, successful free meals system in place, which usually goes into effect at the start of the summer months. We’ve already mobilized that program so that children in need can receive breakfast and dinner in the weeks between now and when schools are reopened.” 

To find a distribution location near you serving children free breakfast and lunch, visit www.BreakforaPlate.com. 

ABOUT BREAK FOR A PLATE 

Break for a Plate, Alabama’s summer food service program, provides two nutritious meals every day to all children and teens up to 18 years of age during the summer months, regardless of household income. 

A joint effort of the Alabama State Department of Education and the USDA, Break for a Plate served a record 3 million meals to children in 2019. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

With the short-term closure of Alabama schools until April 6 due to COVID-19 precautions, students in need of breakfast and lunch will have access to free meals at sites across the state. 

Free breakfasts and lunches will be distributed to any child aged 18 and younger, at sites across the state. 

No paperwork is required, but children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive these meals. To maintain “social distancing”, the meals must be picked up “to go” and will not be consumed at the distribution location. 

Because many of the 720,000 Alabama students impacted live in areas of poverty, it is important that they receive a healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch every weekday they are at home instead of school. 

Visit www.breakforaplate.com, or call 211 today for more information. 

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said, “The State Department of Education already has an effective, successful free meals system in place, which usually goes into effect at the start of the summer months. We’ve already mobilized that program so that children in need can receive breakfast and dinner in the weeks between now and when schools are reopened.” 

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