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Dear Benton Area School District Families, 

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend  several flexibilities for school  meals.  The USDA stated, “As our nation reopens  and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food.”

The Benton Area School District is  offering a FREE breakfast and FREE  lunch to any child in the Benton community age 18 and under.   This includes all Benton students (attending in-person or  virtually), Head Start students, and any other child in the community age 18 or under. 

These meals have been extended  through June 30, 2022 or until funding is no  longer available at  which time  statuses will return to  Paid, Free and Reduced rates based on qualifications and applications, so it is important for students to return free and  reduced meal applications as soon as possible to avoid any gap in benefits.

We remain committed to  providing students access to healthy, nutritious, and wholesome meals while assuring  the utmost food safety without compromising quality.

If you have  any questions or would  like to start receiving free  meals, please contact Michele Hicklin, Food  Service  Director, at (570) 925-6651 ext.  3009 or   

Thank you!