All Monroe Students Receive Free Meals Through USDA Program

Through a USDA program, Monroe students can receive free meals this fall. All Monroe students are now eligible for free lunches and free breakfasts through December 31, 2020. Students who are attending in person or remotely can receive one free breakfast and one free lunch daily.

Students in all buildings have been offered school breakfast and school lunch at no charge since the program became effective on September 8. Second entrees and additional ala carte items are not free under this program. Menus can be found on the district website at the following page:

For remote learners, free meal packages will be available each Wednesday which includes three breakfasts and three lunches. Meals are available for delivery or pick up at Monroe Elementary between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday. To sign up for the Wednesday meals, please click here.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to continue to feed our students these nutritious meals at no charge. The USDA says they will allow us to feed students for free until December 31, 2020 or until funding runs out. We are hopeful that the funding will stay in place. We will give families as much of notice as we can if something changes before December,” shared Becky Nickel, General Manager Food Service, Sodexo/Monroe Local Schools.

Monroe’s Food Service Department will be reimbursed for the meals by the USDA with funds appropriated and not used while school was not in session during COVID-19 school closures.

The program is scheduled to end on December 31, 2020. For students who currently receive free and reduced lunch benefits, parents/guardians must complete a current free and reduced lunch application in order to be eligible for free meals after this date. Applications can be found here:

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Becky Nickell, GM Food Service, Sodexo/Monroe Local Schools at