MISSOULA – With the continued government shutdown, Missoula County Public Schools is reminding families how to receive free and reduced-priced meals through the school.
Parents experiencing loss of wages are encouraged to fill out an application to receive assistance at any point in the school year.
Families can also register for weekend nutrition support through a Family Resource Coordinator at their school. The weekend meals are provided by EmPower Pack Program through the Missoula Food Bank.
MCPS Families in Transition Liasion Lily Morgan-Curet says that parents should update their school any time their income adjusts.
“It’s important for the community and everyone involved to know about these programs so that they can help their neighbors in getting access to these programs, because we all, at the end of the day, really just care about making sure everyone is healthy and fed and this allows that to happen.”
Five MCPS schools also offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, without needing to fill out an application.
Applications can be found at all the schools, or online at the student resource page on the MCPS website.
— Story by Katie Miller – MTN News