Williamsport Area School district continues to provide meals for kids

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Williamsport Area School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to all kids ages 18 and under within the district limit, regardless of enrollment status in school.

This week, WASD announced that the federally funded free meal program that began last spring, will be extended through the end of 2020, or until that funding runs out.

“It’s one less thing that I have to worry about. I can come here, get my food, it’s easy. She likes the food, so it’s an amazing program,” said Maranda Baker, WASD Parent.

Thanks to an extension of USDA funding, Williamsport-Area parents can pick it up two meals a day for each of their children 18 and younger.

WASD parent Maranda Baker says it’s a much needed resource for working families.

“It helps bridge that gap that I need for her during the school day,” said Baker.

And it’s not just students who can receive a free breakfast and lunch; per the federal grant, all kids 18 and younger, who live within the district limits, are eligible for the meals.

WASD Business Administrator Wanda Erb says the program takes aim at the challenges families face from the virus and virtual learning.

“Specifically, additional burdens to many of our families that are working about becoming ill themselves with the COVID, or a family member worried about shutdowns, loss of jobs,” said Erb.

Those families, now left with one less expense to budget for.

Pick up times for those locations are between 4 and 6 PM. Parents can pre-order or register on-site.

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