News Article –
McLane Global is part of Emergency Meals To You – a public-private partnership between USDA, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, PepsiCo and others – designed for home delivery of shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas, missing school due to COVID-19.
Our immediate priority is to ensure that school districts and individuals in rural areas of the country are aware of this program and sign up to receive assistance through MealsToYou.org.
To be eligible to participate in the program, school districts must meet the following requirements:
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP),
- Have at least 50% of enrollment eligible for free or reduced-priced meals (FRP),
- Have an announced closure of at least four weeks (not counting spring break), and
- Fall under the designation of rural (can be checked here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/rural-designation).
Parents and Students
Students in qualifying school districts who were receiving free or reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program are eligible to participate in the program. Once enrolled, School Districts may reach out to families with more information and instructions for signing up, but parents are encouraged to visit MealsToYou.org and proactively register their children to receive free, nutritious meals.
Once a school district is enrolled, a student who signs up for the program can expect to start receiving meals delivered to their home in about one week. Each student who is enrolled in the household will receive their own meal kit.
Kits include two weeks of shelf-stable, nutritious, individually packaged foods with additional materials to ensure delivery in optimal condition. Each kit includes products such as:
- Cereal Bowls
- Shelf-stable Milk
- 100% Juice
- Fruit Cups
- Whole Grain Snacks
Contact Melissa Hunter, director of marketing at McLane Global, at Melissa.Hunter@mclaneglobal.com.