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Moorhead Area Public Schools take advantage of USDA free meal extension

The school district is utilizing outside the box thinking to make the most of the new funding.

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Moorhead Public School's food and nutrition director said Friday, Jan. 7, it will provide free meals to students for the rest of the school year.
Ben Morris / WDAY News
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MOORHEAD — Moorhead Area Public Schools are taking advantage of the recent extension of free meals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The $750 million extension is to help curb financial effects of the pandemic and supply chain issues.

Moorhead Public School's food and nutrition director said Friday, Jan. 7, it will provide free meals to students for the rest of the school year.

That funding not only helps them feed students meals, but to make meals that students will enjoy.

"Being able to offer them new and exciting things and seeing their eyes when they light up and see their favorite meal — whether it's a cheeseburger, or a piece of pizza or General Tso's Chicken," said Ashley Schneider, the district's food and nutrition director.

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The program is something she hopes continues long after the end of the year.

"Having the extension of that program will allow us to continue doing the things that we want to do and drive our initiative to make sure that our students are getting access to the best possible food that they can because they deserve nothing less," said Schneider.

One of the programs it would help continue is their pilot repackaging program, which saves leftovers and repurposes them, instead of throwing them away.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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