• Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022


    St. Mary Parish School Board announced its policy today that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). In addition, the following schools will also be participating in the Community Eligiblity Provision (CEP) as implemented under the Heatlhy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010:

    J. S. Aucoin Elementary School

    B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School

    Bayou Vista Elementary School

    Berwick Elementary School

    Berwick Junior High School

    Berwick High School

    Centerville Elementary/High School

    Franklin High School

    Franklin Junior High School

    Hattie A. Watts Elementary School

    Julie B. Maitland Elementary School

    LaGrange Elementary School

    M. E. Norman Elementary School

    Morgan City High School

    Morgan City Junior High School

    Patterson High School

    Patterson Junior High School

    Raintree Elementary School

    W.P. Foster Elementary School

    West St. Mary High School

    Wyandotte Elementary School

    Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.


    While no application or eligibility determination process is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year.


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint,  and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    Directions: Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022 Sample Form



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    Public and charter schools are required to keep documentation related to school nutrition programs for 5 years.

    Private schools, other nonprofit organizations, and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) are required to keep documentation for 3 years.

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