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Nutrition Department News
Nutrition Department News
Gena Cloutier
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Office of School Nutrition RSU 56

147 Weld St

Dixfield, ME 04224


We are happy to announce that the USDA has again extended free meals to all children 18 and under through June 30, 2021. This means that all of our students will continue to have access to free breakfast and free lunch through the remainder of the school year.


Although we will be offering free meals to all, it is still important that all households complete the yearly Free/Reduced lunch application. We simply enter the data to compile a snapshot for the district/school as a whole. Our eligible numbers of free and reduced based on economics is one deciding factor in many grant applications. Our school funding from the government is also based on our eligible free and reduced numbers. Both good reasons to fill out the application by helping to reduce your tax burden. In addition, your child’s lunch status will carry over for the first 30 days of the next school year, meaning if they are determined to be free or reduced they will start the beginning of next year the same way.  If you would rather not send in a paper application you can visit and fill it out electronically.


Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s nutritional needs and for helping our school district secure funding for our future.




Gena Cloutier

Director of School Nutrition

Regional School Unit 56