Additional Free Meals Offer Extends Deadline

Two Days Left to Apply for Additional Free Meals
Posted on 05/18/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Two Days Left to Apply for Additional Free MealsAn additional option to receive free meals now has a deadline of Tuesday, May 19. Applications will be accepted throughout Tuesday. Participants in the current Weakley County Schools' meal distribution program are encouraged to take advantage of this offer if they are eligible.

The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty is working with select school districts and state agencies across the U.S. to ensure students have the nutritious meals they need.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Baylor University and the USDA have partnered to provide meals to children who are classified as economically disadvantaged. To participate in the program, a child must have qualified for Free or Reduced meals during the 2019-2020 school year.

An online registration form is available at https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/. Those without access to the Internet can call 731-364-3347 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for assistance with the application process.

Weakley County Schools Nutrition Department applied to be a part of the program and received word last week that the county was approved. Weakley County staff will work with the university to confirm eligibility.

Shelf-stable meals will be mailed to all children in the household 18 years and younger every two weeks. Each child in the house will receive 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches. The meals will continue through June 30.

Acceptance into the Baylor program does not affect participation in the ongoing Weakley County meals distribution which occurs on Tuesdays and Fridays and provides seven days of breakfasts and lunches. The county meal distribution plan will continue throughout the summer.