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MCCSC Says School Lunch Program Funded Through March, Despite Shutdown

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Monroe County families interested in applying for free and reduced lunches can do so by visiting the MCCSC Food Service Office or using the MCCSC website. (WTIU/WFIU News)

The ongoing partial government shutdown is not yet affecting The Monroe County Community School Corporation’s nutrition services.

MCCSC Director of Food Services Hattie Johnson says the Indiana Department of Education guaranteed the corporation funding for school meals through the month of March.

"So, we’re hopeful that the shutdown will end before that and that we won’t see any issues or have any reasons to cut back or try to do any cost-savings measures," she says.

Johnson says she hasn’t heard anything from the state or the US Department of Education about what to do if the shutdown continues past March.

Johnson says affected families shouldn’t hesitate to apply for free and reduced meals, but they haven’t received any such applications since the shutdown started.

Government employees whose positions were furloughed may qualify for the program, depending on their total family income and family size.

Monroe County families interested in applying for free and reduced lunches can do so by visiting the MCCSC Food Service Office or using the MCCSC website.

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