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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. 

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of waivers allowing Bobby Benson Center to serve free meals to all enrolled children under the USDA Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. The USDA issued guidance that allows participating schools and residential child care institutions to offer nutritionally-balanced, free meals to all children at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.  Under these waivers, Bobby Benson Center will be offering free breakfasts, lunches, and afterschool snacks to all enrolled children during the school day under the USDA SSO program. Since Bobby Benson Center is a closed campus, meals and snacks are only available to enrolled residents.  State Of Hawaii Department of Education public announcement on Summer Seamless Option includes a list of schools offering free meals (Breakfast and/or Lunch) over the summer.  You can access the list HERE

RESOURCES

USDA Child Nutrition Website

USDA's Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022:

Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

 

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

 

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.