INSTRUCTIONS: A school food authority that is required to issue a public release,* and that has any sites that provide school meals at no charge to all students using Provision 2 or Provision 3 procedures, must issue this simplified public release for Provision 2 and Provision 3 sites at or before the beginning of each school year. The public release announces to the community that all students will receive school meals at no charge at these sites.
*A public release is required unless the school food authority is (1) a boarding school, (2) a residential child care institution or (3) a school that includes food service fees in tuition and all students are provided the same meals.
Reproduce the following text on your letterhead. Date, sign and send to the local media at the beginning of each school year requesting that the release be published at no charge as a public service to the community. It is up to the local media to decide whether to publish the release as a public service at no charge. A school food authority is not required to get the release published nor are local media required to publish it.
Retain a copy of the release for your files. The media release must be dated and state the name of the media outlet to which it was sent.
[Name of school food authority] today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the [National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs] for the [yyyy-yyyy] school year. All students will be served [breakfast / lunch] at no charge at the following site(s): [site names]
For additional information please contact: [name of school district], Attention: [name, title], [department/division], [address], [city, state zip code], [telephone number], [e-mail address].
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