Where to Get Free School Lunch, Breakfast in Topeka Area for Summer

Various food items are displayed on a tray Friday inside Topeka High School as USD 501 begins its summer lunch program.

Summer begins this week for most students in the Topeka area, but there will be a slight gap between the last day of school and the start of most school districts’ free summer lunch programs.

Through the federally-funded USDA Summer Foodservice Program, several schools will continue to provide free lunches — and in some schools, breakfasts — to all children ages 1 to 18, regardless of regardless of their income level.

The free summer meal program has been extended to all students throughout the school year at the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. The program was later extended to also cover the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

After:Since the start of the pandemic, schools in Kansas have served millions of free meals

While several schools will continue to serve free summer lunches through the end of July 2022, Congress has not provided funding to continue the universal free lunch program during the regular school year. Parents will need to reapply for a free or reduced lunch during the 2022-23 school year.