Marysville and area schools were recipients of continued free breakfasts and lunches through the end of the school year.

All Kansas schools were able to take advantage of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food waivers to extend the free meals through the rest of the school year.

“It is great for our families,” said Matt Rogers, superintendent for Unified School District 380, which covers Frankfort, Vermillion and Centralia. “This is one less expense they need to worry about.”

School districts began offering free meals last spring and summer, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USDA then extended child nutrition waivers through December based on available funding.

Via Facebook on Oct. 20, Valley Heights USD 498 announced the further extension of free breakfasts and lunches for all students, calling it a win for all.

Marysville USD 364 food service director Cyndi Creek said the program is beneficial if students take advantage of the free meals. On Monday, the district served 142 breakfasts and more than 500 lunches. Creek said she would like to see an increase in students taking advantage of the meal program.

“It is a benefit to the families and the district,” she said.

“It helps the kids and families,” said Frankfort High School principal Dean Dalinghaus.