In October, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended its summer meal program through the end of June 2021. With this in mind, schools in mid-Missouri have started proving different programs to get food to students during the pandemic. The Grab & Go meals for Columbia Public Schools (CPS) include breakfast and lunch. There’s quite a bit of food and the families that receive it find it convenient and reduce financial stress. An average of 99 students used the free lunch program before the schools went virtual and after that it spiked to 142 students.
Grab and Go routes will end on Jan. 18, 2021. Virtual meal grab and go will move to select school locations and times to be announced in early January. For more information on the Grab and Go routes, click here.