Food Service Update, Fall 2020

Food Service Update: Free Meals for Students
Posted on 09/11/2020
Food Service Update, Fall 2020

Updated 10-09-2020 - Free Meals for Students extended through the end of the 2020-2021 school year: On Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has extended flexibilities in its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through June 30, 2021. This means it will waive all fees for school meals through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The department previously extended free meals through December 2020, based on funding available at the time, but was now able to extend throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. See below for information on how to get free meals for students. 

(Updated 09-14-2020) FHS Families, Please Note:
Following our original announcement of 09-11-2020, we have learned that we will not be able to serve premium meals at Farmington High School while participating in the free meal program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

09-07-2020 Free Meals This Fall 

Free meals will be available to all students enrolled in ISD 192 beginning Tuesday, September 15 until funding runs out. As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will waive all fees for school meals through December 31, 2020 or earlier if funding runs out. While we were unfortunately not eligible for their summer program we were very pleased to learn this week, the fall waiver does apply to our district. 

Please be aware funding is likely to run out before December 31 without much notice. We expect funding to last at least until MEA weekend (October 15-16) and we plan to send another food service update at that time. 

How will students get their free meals?

Students learning from home can pick up bagged meals (breakfast and lunch):

  •  On regularly scheduled school days (typically Monday through Thursday) you will be able to pick up a bagged breakfast and lunch at your school of enrollment between 9-10 a.m. If you have students in multiple schools you will be able to pick up all student meals at one school.
  •  On Flexible Learning Days (typically Fridays) bagged meals (breakfast and lunch) will only be available at Akin Road Elementary, Farmington Elementary, and North Trail Elementary between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  •  Pre-registration is required; you can find the form on the Chartwells Food Service website.
  • When picking up a to go meal, pins and proof of enrollment are not required at this time but may be when we return to regular breakfast and lunch service.
  • Please contact the school office at your pick up location to find out which door to enter for food service.

When learning in-person at school, breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to students.


  •  Students must take a complete meal.
  • Milk on it’s own (not taken with a meal) will be charged as usual.
  • When learning in-person at school, all students will be asked to provide a pin for inventory purposes. Their account will not be charged unless they do not have a complete meal.

Free meals will only be provided for scheduled school days. Please see our hybrid calendar or Farmington Academy calendar if you have questions about which days are school days. 

Do I still need to fill out a Free & Reduced Application (Educational Benefit) form?

Yes! Even though meals are free for the first few months of school, you still need to fill out your Free & Reduced Application form. This ensures you’ll have help paying for meals after funding runs out, and also helps you cover costs for other school-related activities. In addition, it grants our district access to state funding to support our schools. 

Please complete your Free & Reduced (Educational Benefit) form before October 1st. Families MUST fill out a new application for benefits at the beginning of each school year or benefits will expire.  

If you have questions about your food service account you can email or call 651-460-3820.