FCPS Braces for Confusion as Federal Free Meal Program Expires | Education

With universal access to free school lunches expiring, Frederick County Public Schools employees are preparing to handle confusion among students and families who haven’t had to pay for lunch in two years.

Since March 2020 — when the pandemic closed schools and worsened food insecurity across the country — students of all income levels have been able to get free cafeteria lunches thanks to federal waivers. But in the middle Congressional Republicans retreatthis provision will end before the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Julio V. Miller