A recent change to the definition of “public charge” may pose a concern to many families this year, and could impact participation in school meal programs. While participating in school, afterschool, or summer meals does not contribute to a public charge determination for children or their guardians, many families may be shying away from participating in any programs such as these.
As trusted, on-the-ground providers, school districts can help combat this decline and make sure families know that participating in school meals should not contribute to a public charge determination. We urge you to distribute information about public charge to your school community to ensure families can make an informed decision.
The following materials provide information about both school meals and SNAP benefits in English and Spanish. We recommend distributing both resources to families.