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Some kids will be eligible for free school lunch through Dec. 31: here’s why

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UPDATE: The funding is not in effect for each school district. You should contact your child's district to find out if they will receive the funding.

Washington (WQOW) - Students across the country may get free lunch for the rest of 2020.

That's because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension to the free summer meal program.

The extension means schools in two programs, Food and Nutrition Service and Summer Food Service Program will have their meals paid for by the USDA through December 31, 2020 or until funding runs out.

There is no word on the anticipated cost of this extension.

“We appreciate the incredible efforts by our school food service professionals year in and year out, but this year we have an unprecedented situation. This extension of summer program authority will employ summer program sponsors to ensure meals are reaching all children, whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually, so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever-changing learning environments,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

According to the USDA, some have asked for the funding to run through the entire school year but the USDA cannot spend more than is appropriated by Congress.

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