Meal Service During Distance Learning

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended a waiver that will allow us to serve free meals to all children (ages 1-18) through June, 2021. As a result of this news, meals will not be charged to student accounts as we had previously advertised, and we will no longer require you to register for a meal pick up location. 

    Meal service will be offered every school day beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2020. To offer flexibility for families, multiple meal service options, locations, and pick up times are available.  Please see below for our menu of options.  We have added back our bus route meal delivery locations in addition to our school sites.

    Free meals will now be available through June 2021, however, households are strongly encouraged to continue to apply for the Free and Reduced-Price meal program as this eligiblity drives State and Federal funding, and other benefits for students.

Option 1: Weekly Meal Kit Pickup at schools

  • One week's worth of meals (breakfast & lunch) served at once.  Weekly Meal Kits can be picked up on:

    Mondays fom 11AM-1PM or 5PM-7PM at (if you chose this option, distribution will begin on September 14, 2020):

    • North Thurston High School
    • River Ridge High School
    • Timberline High School
    • Nisqually Middle School
    • Komachin Middle School
    • Salish Middle School

    Saturdays from 9AM-12PM at (if you choose this option, distribution will begin on September 12, 2020):

    • Lakes Elementary @ Food & Nutrition Building



Option 2: Daily Meal Pickup at schools

  • One breakfast and one lunch served daily. Daily Meals will be available from 11:30AM-12:30PM at:

    • all elementary schools
    • Salish middle school



Weekly drop-off locations (Monday - Wednesday)

Grab-and-Go Meal Service FAQ

  • Do I still have to complete a Free and Reduced-Priced Meal application for this school year?

  • Do I still need to register for meals?

  • Will my student's lunch account be charged?

  • Do my children have to attend North Thurston Public Schools to receive meals?

  • Will breakfast and lunch be available separately, or do we have to take both?

  • Do my students have to be present?

  • Do I need to have a vehicle to pick up my meals?

  • Can I get daily meals at a high school or weekly meals at an elementary?