School meals free through the 2020-21 school year

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All students enrolled in the Westerville City School District can receive free school meals through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The update stems from a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the free meal program for the rest of the school year. Previously, the federal government had said school meals would be free through Dec. 31 or until federal funding runs out — whichever came first.

With this new announcement, the school meals that students who eat at school will be free for all students — not just those who qualify for free- and reduced-priced meals — for the entire school year.

To receive free meals during virtual instruction, families NEED to complete the Westerville City Schools Opt-In Form for Weekly Meal Bags. The form only needs to be filled out once and can be canceled at any time by emailing Food Services at  

Families can fill out the Opt-In form or find more information on the FAQ section here.