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Food Service Expands Meal Program to Provide Meals 7 Days a Week

Updated October 21, 2020; Published September 14, 2020

Radnor Township School District Offering Free Breakfast and Lunch Meals for Residents Under 18 Years Old


RTSD Food Service expands program to provide meals 7 days a week


The Radnor Township School District Food Service department recently increased the number of free meals available to district residents under 18 to one breakfast and one lunch per day, 7 days a week. The meal pickup procedure is dependent on each child’s enrollment status for the 2020-21 school year (click here to learn more).

This program is made possible through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) extension of nationwide waivers to continue the Seamless Summer Option through December 31, 2020. Meals are available for all district residents under the age of 18, regardless of whether or not they attend RTSD schools.

If you are interested in this service, please email Beth Cooke at beth.cooke@rtsd.org to sign up for the program. You will receive a confirmation email that will include the date of your first scheduled pick-up.

The grab-and-go style bags will contain 1 breakfast meal and 1 lunch meal for each day. Each meal will be in compliance with the nutritional standards set by the National School Lunch Program. You can expect to see a variety of items, including cereals/grains, proteins, milk, fruit juice, fresh fruits and vegetables. Some meals may need to be heated at home, so please follow instructions which come with the meals and promptly refrigerate and/or freeze components as needed.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) belowIf you have questions or need assistance, please contact Beth Cooke at beth.cooke@rtsd.org or 610-688-8100 x6048.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


If my students do not qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, am I still eligible for meal pick up?

Yes. The USDA waiver extension includes everyone, regardless of lunch status.
 
I have children at home who are not in school yet. Are they eligible for the free meal pick up?
Yes. Anyone under the age of 18 who lives in the Radnor community is eligible.
 
I have children at home who attend other schools? Are they eligible for the free meal pick up?
Yes. Anyone under the age of 18 who lives in the Radnor community is eligible.
 
Do I need to pay for the meals?
No. The meals that are distributed are provided at no cost.
 
Do I need to complete an application for free or reduced meals?
No, you do not need to apply for free or reduced meals to participate in this program. However, we do encourage those in need to apply and take advantage of other opportunities, including fee waivers and discounted home internet. A Free and Reduced Meals application will be required to continue receiving free meals when this program terminates on December 31, 2020.
 
Do I need to provide any student or personal identification?
No, the only information needed is your child’s name, age and whether they reside in Radnor.
 
Where and when do I pick up the meals?
Meal pickup is dependent on each child’s enrollment status for the 2020-21 school year. Additional details are available here.
 
What will be in the bags?
Each meal will follow the nutritional standards set by the National School Lunch Program. The student bundles will have different bags that contain multi-day breakfast and lunch meals. You can expect a variety of cereals/grains, proteins, milk, fruit juice, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Most, if not all, items will be individually wrapped. 
 
How long will this program last and will I be charged for these meals at a later time?
According to the USDA’s announcement, this program should last until the end of 2020 or until federal funding runs out. You will be notified if there are changes to this program. You will not be charged for any meals picked up through the end of 2020 or until funding runs out.
 
Does my child/student need to be with me at the time of pick up?
No, parents/guardians can pick up the meals without the child or student present. However, if your child is not with you may be asked to complete a form indicating who the food is being picked up for.
 
What if I cannot make the pickup time?
If the designated pickup time does not work for you, please reach out to Beth Cooke at beth.cooke@rtsd.org to schedule a time to pick up the meals.
 
If I am interested in this service, who do I contact?
If you are interested in this service, please email Beth Cooke at beth.cooke@rtsd.org to sign up for the program. You will receive a confirmation email that will include the date of your first scheduled pick-up.