Free meals for all students in Shawnee Mission will end next school year — Here’s why

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This upcoming school year, Shawnee Mission will start charging families for breakfast and lunch meals. File photo.

Shawnee Mission, like school districts nationwide, is once again expected to start charging students and families for meals at school this coming fall.

Why now? The policy change comes after Congress did not give the U.S. Department of Agriculture permission to extend national waivers that have allowed districts to serve free meals to all students the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to district Director of Food Services Grace Liss.